Chad Hanson

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Coach Chad Hanson

Head Coach

Phone: (712) 722-6320

At Dordt

Hanson was named head women's volleyball coach at Dordt University before the 2011 season and has compiled a 217-86 record with the Defenders.

Hanson has guided the Defenders to four NAIA National Championship appearances in in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Both the 2016 and 2017 teams advanced through bracket play and claimed NAIA National runner-up finishes at the event in Sioux City, Iowa. In 2015 Coach Hanson was named the GPAC Co-Coach of the year after guiding the Defenders to a regular season GPAC Championship and he was named NAIA National Coach of the Year after the 2017 season. In 2015 the Defenders defeated both the #1 and #2 teams in the country in the same week and his teams were 41-7 in GPAC play from 2015-17.  His 2018 team went through GPAC play undefeated and claimed the Post-Season GPAC Tournament title as well and Hanson was named the GPAC Coach of the Year.

Hanson has coached 40 NAIA Scholar-Athletes during his time at Dordt.  19 athletes have been named first-team all-GPAC under his guidance and 14 have earned NAIA All-American honors.  He's coached three GPAC Freshmen of the Year.

Hanson also coaches the men's volleyball team at Dordt.

Coaching Background

Chad Hanson was named the Dordt women's volleyball coach in December, 2010. In April of 2015 it was announced that Hanson was selected to lead the men's volleyball program at Dordt in its transition from a successful club team to a varsity sport.

Prior to his time with the Defenders Hanson was an assistant coach at the University of Georgia from 2008 to 2010. In November of 2010 he was named interim head coach of the program, guiding them to a 4-3 record in the final weeks of the season. Prior to his time in Georgia, Hanson served as an assistant at the University of Iowa and he has also made coaching stops at the University of Idaho, Washington State, and Colton High School (Washington).

Coaching Philosophy

Scripture calls us to love God and love our neighbor. We strive to sharpen each other through the sport of volleyball in those two areas. This is done through selflessness and humble service in a volleyball community that encourages and exhorts one another toward excellence. We focus on four areas of growth for our athletes:

  • Teammate
  • Classmate
  • Prayer Partner
  • Citizen

Athletic Background

Hanson played collegiately for two seasons at the University of California-Irvine before finishing his career at Washington State with the club team. His club team finished as the Bronze medalists at the NIRSA National Division I Championships.

Academic Background

B.S. Washington State University


Hanson and his wife Karla have three daughters.