Maryland coach Hanna announces retirement
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tom Hanna has announced his retirement as the head men’s coach at the University of Maryland.
Hanna has been the head coach at his alma mater for 20 seasons. Under his direction, the Terrapins made a school-record six consecutive appearances in the NCAA postseason (2002 through 2007), nine times in all.
“I have enjoyed a wonderful experience having the opportunity to coach at my alma mater for the last 20 years,” said Hanna in a statement. “With my son graduating this month and finishing up his career as a Terp, I felt like it was the right time.
“I have fond memories of my time at Maryland and want to thank all of the student-athletes who have worked hard over the years on the course and in the classroom.”
Hanna was instrumental in the fundraising and development of the Holman Short Game Facility, which opened at the University of Maryland Golf Course in 2008.
“We appreciate what Tom has done for the men’s golf program at Maryland,” said athletic director Kevin Anderson. “His commitment to the program and to the University has been outstanding. We wish him well in his retirement.”
During his playing career at Maryland, from 1968 to 1971, Hanna competed in three NCAA tournaments. After a brief stint on the PGA Tour, Hanna was a head professional at three country clubs on the East Coast. In 1991, he returned to his alma mater to become the Terrapins’ head coach.
In 1994, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after the Terps finished fifth at the ACC Championships, marking the team’s highest finish in 16 seasons. That year, Maryland made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, ending a drought of 18 years.
Maryland finished the regular season ranked No. 117 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Information from the Maryland athletic department was used in this report.