Chris Hansen enters his sixth season as the Director of Swimming in fall of 2016. He was named the Director of Swimming at CSUB in June of 2011 after three successful seasons as head coach of the CSUB men’s swimming program. Hansen oversees both the men’s and women’s swimming teams for the Roadrunners.
In 2015-16, the ‘Runner women continued to have Western Athletic Conference relay success as the ladies brought home three more titles: 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, and 400 medley. Michaela Paige earned the individual title in the 200 free while the women broke six records. The ‘Runner men earned Second Team All-WAC with their 400 freestyle relay performance while five records fell on the men’s side.
CSUB’s men had an unprecedented 13 student-athletes earn Academic All-WAC, joining 15 women for a highly successful academic year. Dylana Milobar and Carlee Burks joined Lovre Soric as the three ‘Runners who earned CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention.
Under Hansen’s direction, the ‘Runner men have earned 15 individual and five relay conference titles. Since Hansen took over the women’s program in 2011, the ‘Runner ladies have tallied five individual and seven relay victories at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. In 2010-11, Hansen’s men won the MPSF Championships, the first for CSUB since the school made the transition to NCAA Division I.
Hansen’s first season (2008-09) at CSUB saw the program in its final year as a member of Conference USA. Since then, Hansen has guided the ‘Runners through their third conference during his tenure. After a short, successful stint in the MPSF, CSUB’s women joined the Western Athletic Conference in the 2012-13 season, followed shortly by the men in 2013-14.
Hansen coached one of CSUB’s most successful student-athletes in Mitchell Huxhold, who graduated after the 2014-15 season. Huxhold was the school’s first NCAA Division I Championships qualifier, making trips in each of his final two seasons, and the first ‘Runner to earn DI All-American (1650 free, 2014). Hansen’s coaching led Huxhold to leave the program with four school records and the first-ever WAC Joe Kearney Award (Male Athlete of the Year) for CSUB’s athletic department.
The 2012-13 season featured the ‘Runners receiving plenty of national attention. Four current and one former ‘Runner swimmers qualified for the 2013 US Open with Huxhold earning a slot in the 2013 National Open Select Camp. Bakersfield’s men’s team was ranked 10th in the final CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll. The website also named the 2012 CSUB men’s and women’s recruiting class among the best in the country. Swimswam.com, when talking about the CSUB women’s recruiting class, said “Coach Hansen resurrects CSUB women’s swimming in just one year.”
Hansen coached Dylana Milobar to the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials. Four years earlier, Hansen coached Rachel McCall, Chris Pipes and Peter Bardessono at the United States and Canadian Olympic Trails.
A veteran of coaching at the NCAA Division I level, Hansen has produced Olympians, USA National Team members, Olympic Trials qualifiers, USA Swimming Association national qualifiers and NCAA Championship qualifiers. Hansen was the head assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at North Carolina from 2003-06, where his main responsibilities were recruiting, daily training programs and various administrative duties.
Prior to his stint with the Tar Heels, Hansen was the head men’s and women’s assistant coach at UNLV, where he helped develop 10 NCAA qualifiers and eight All-Americans.
Hansen’s first collegiate coaching job was at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he served as the head assistant coach to both the men’s and women’s programs. In 1994, he was named the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Swim Team Coach of the Year.
After brief stints at UNC and Villanova, Hansen was named the men’s and women’s head coach at Virginia Tech. He compiled a 36-16 record in two seasons and, in 1997-98, recorded the first single season double-digit win totals in the history of the programs (10-3 for the men and 12-1 for the women). Hansen earned his second conference coach of the year award following that standout season, this time by the Atlantic 10.
Hansen earned his bachelor of arts degree in health and physical education from Rowan University in New Jersey and completed his master of arts in exercise and sport science from East Carolina.
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