Eric Hansen, a Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, accomplished United States national team coach and former member of the U.S. national team, begins his 12th year as Wisconsin's men's and women's swimming head coach in 2010-11.
Among his many accomplishments, Hansen has led the women's program to nine top-20 finishes at the NCAA championships and has revitalized the men's program. His men's and women's programs own a combined dual record of 158-57 (.735) in Hansen's 11 years as coach.
Between the men's and women's programs, he has coached 27 athletes who have earned a combined 36 individual Big Ten titles, as well as another 14 relay crowns. The UW women's team won a total of 13 individual and relay conference championships in the 18 seasons before Hansen arrived. In the 11 seasons since, the Badgers have claimed 46 titles.
Hansen's coaching can be measured on a national scale, as well, with 50 of his athletes (30 women, 20 men) earning a total of 282 All-America citations during his tenure at the UW. That also includes a pair of Olympic athletes (Adam Mania and gold medalist Carly Piper).
In 2007-08, Hansen guided the Badger women to an unblemished record in Big Ten Conference duals for the eighth-consecutive season and an 8-1 overall record. A total of seven swimmers earned All-America distinction at the NCAA championships, as the Badgers finished 22nd.
Following the season, Hansen saw an astounding 29 athletes with UW ties compete in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, including several coached by Hansen as part of the Wisconsin Aquatics team.
At the 2007 NCAA Championships, the women's team scored 36 points and finished tied for 24th place.The men's team also returned to the NCAA championships and finish 29th. In 2006, the women's team qualified a school-record 11 athletes for the NCAA¿championships and finished in ninth place, best in Wisconsin history.
In 2005, Hansen guided former Badgers Carly Piper and Tim Liebhold to national titles. Piper claimed the 400-meter freestyle title at the World Championship trials, while Liebhold captured first in the 200-meter IM at the U.S. Championships.
Before the start of the 2004 season, Hansen's team had 10 of its members qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, where Piper earned a spot on the U.S. team. At the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Piper went on to win a gold medal as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay team that broke a 17 year-old record in the event. Mania, meanwhile, competed in Athens as a member of the Polish team.
Later in the year, Hansen led the women's and men's teams to a 10th-place and 16th-place finish, respectively, at the NCAA championships.
In his first year at Wisconsin, Hansen led the Badger women to their then-best NCAA finish in 11th place. The 2002-03 season saw the Badger women tie for their highest finish at the Big Ten championships (second), and subsequently, Hansen was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Prior to Wisconsin, Hansen spent three years as an assistant coach at Arizona, mentoring six national champions, 11 All-Americans and numerous Pac-10 champions. He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Florida, where he coached seven All-Americans.
From 1992-95, the Sioux City, Iowa, native was the head coach of the Phoenix Swim Club, coaching two world record holders, four American record holders and five members of the U.S. national team.
A nationally-recognized coach, Hansen continues to be very active with the U.S. national program. In 2006, Hansen was part of the staff of two national teams, serving as the men's head coach for the World Short Course Championships in Shanghai and as a men's assistant coach for the Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, British Columbia.
In addition to leading the Pan American squad in the summer of 2003, he also served as the U.S. men's coach at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Moscow in 2002 and was an assistant coach at the 1994 World Championships in Rome. There, he coached two gold and two silver medal-winning swimmers.
A member of the U.S. national team from 1987 to 1992, Hansen served as captain of the U.S. team for the 1991 World University Games. He also was the 1990 U.S. champion in the 100 backstroke.
As a collegian, Hansen was a six-time All-American at Iowa State and was named Big 8 Conference swimmer of the year in 1987 and 1988. He also was tabbed as Iowa State's athlete of the year in 1988.
Hansen was inducted into the Iowa State University Hall of Fame in 2004 and was then inducted into the Siouxland Hall of Fame in the spring of 2005.
Hansen graduated from Iowa State in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He received his master's degree in exercise physiology from Arizona in 1990.
Dual Meet Record (Women)
Year Overall Big Ten
1999-00 7-2 3-2
2000-01 9-0 6-0
2001-02 8-2 4-0
2002-03 12-1 5-0
2003-04 11-1 6-0
2004-05 10-1 5-0
2005-06 12-1 7-0
2006-07 7-1 4-0
2007-08 8-1 4-0
2008-09 7-2 4-1
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10 Years 91-12 48-3
Dual Meet Record (Men)
Year Overall Big Ten
1999-00 7-2 2-2
2000-01 6-2 2-2
2001-02 5-4 2-2
2002-03 10-2 3-1
2003-04 8-2 4-1
2004-05 5-6 1-4
2005-06 5-6 1-4
2006-07 4-4 1-3
2007-08 4-5 1-4
2008-09 5-4 1-3
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10 Years 59-37 18-26