Alma Mater: San Jose State '75
Years at Midd: 2
Hansen is now in his second season as the head coach of the Middlebury men's tennis team. He came to Middlebury from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he has served as the head men’s coach for the past 30 years.
The creator of the UCSC tennis program, Hansen is regarded as one of the top coaches in the country. Hansen led the team to seven NCAA Championships (1989, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009), appearing in the finals 13 of the last 24 years. Hansen’s players have won 10 NCAA doubles titles and five NCAA singles titles. Under coach Hansen’s direction, the UCSC tennis program produced 117 All-Americans.
Hansen has been named the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Coach of the Year four times and in 2000 was honored as the ITA Coach of the Decade for the 1990s. During that time span, his teams were undefeated against Division III opponents in the regular season going with a 73-0 mark. Hansen has served as an executive board member of the ITA as well as its Division III representative. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Division III Tennis Committee as well as a member of the ITA Rules Committee.
As a player, Hansen was Northern California’s Open Player of the Year and was ranked in the top eight for five straight years during the late 1970s. He received an ATP world ranking as well as much valuable coaching experience while playing the international circuit before coming to UC Santa Cruz. He registered wins over many top 100 players including top-10 players Brad Gilbert and Paul McNamee. He won the USTA 40 National Grass Court Championships held in Santa Barbara.
During the summers Hansen directed the NIKE Santa Cruz Tennis Camps where he was a pioneer in the development of the tournament training program for ranked juniors.
Hansen is a 1975 graduate of San Jose State University, where he earned a degree in physical education. He later returned to his alma mater and received a master’s degree in the same subject in 1980.
Asst. Coach: Adam Kent
Kent enters his second season with the Panthers as the assistant men’s tennis coach. He comes to Middlebury from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where he served as the assistant men’s coach there for one season. While at Rhodes, the men’s tennis team boasted their best record in school history (19-2). He also worked as the assistant men’s coach at Pomona College in Claremont, California for two seasons where he helped lead the Sagehens to a top 25 national ranking.
As a collegiate player, Kent was selected as a Division III singles All-American in 2002 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He also qualified for the National Doubles Invitational Tournament in 2001. While at the University of the South, Kent worked as a tennis camp instructor during the summer. He went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a B.A. in history.
When not helping out with the men's team at Middlebury, Kent serves as the head tennis pro at the Basin Harbor Club in nearby Vergennes, Vermont. In years past, Kent has also worked under head coach Bob Hansen as a senior staff member at NIKE Tennis Camp at UC - Santa Cruz.