Chad Hanson

Coach Chad Hanson

Head Coach

Phone: (712) 722-6320

At Dordt

In his time at Dordt, Hanson has a career record of 134-64.

In 2016, Hanson led Dordt to a National Runner-Up finish, ending the season with a record of 28-8, and a second place ranking in the final NAIA national poll, the highest ranking in program history. In 2015 Coach Hanson was named the GPAC Co-Coach of the year after guiding the Defenders to a regular season GPAC Chamipionship, NAIA National Tournament appearance, and season ending rank of 15th. During the course of the year his team defeated both the #1 and #2 teams in the country in the same week, and were ranked as high as 6th during the 2015 campaign. He also coached his first NAIA First Team All-American, Brooke Granstra, who earned the same honor in 2016. His 2013 squad qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, finishing 11th. That same team also featured NAIA Freshman of the Year, Brooke Wolterstorff. Under his guidance, the Defenders have had four NAIA All-American players, three GPAC Freshmen of the Year, and beaten a number of top ranked teams.

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 in a similar role at the University of Iowa. 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 has a wife, Karla, and three daughters.