Ohio State retires number in honor of former coach Hanson

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No Ohio State player will wear the uniform No. 35 ever again.

Ohio State announced it retired the number in honor of former Hall of Fame head coach Pete Hanson.

The No. 35 was the number selected for Hanson in recognition of the 35 seasons that he spent coaching the Buckeyes.


Hanson retired following the 2019 season as the third winningest coach in NCAA men’s volleyball history with 712 career victories. The coach also guided the Buckeyes to the program’s first national title in 2011 and then to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2016-17.

The Buckeyes during those last two championship seasons set an Ohio State record for any team sport with a 42-match winning streak. In addition, Ohio State under Hanson reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals 15 times and won at least 20 matches in 22 seasons.

Along with the team’s success, Hanson was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame and was a three-time National Coach of the Year recipient.

This is the first time in Ohio State’s program history that it has retired a jersey number.

Ohio State to accompany retiring No. 35 also unveiled the Hanson Legacy Fund. The endowed fund named in honor of the former coach was created to help provide resources for the program to sustain long-term success.

The Buckeyes under new head coach Kevin Burch will open the 2020 season in January and will play its home matches in its new arena the Covelli Center