A three-year starter and 2012 All-Big West Conference selection for Cal Poly, David Hanson is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Mustang program and first with head coach John Smith.
“When I found out that I was hired at Cal Poly, my first instinct was to keep an assistant that had ties to the Central Coast and the university,” said first-year head coach John Smith of Hanson, who will continue leading Cal Poly’s post player development and serve as the program’s liaison with athletics department entities and the campus. “I feel that I hit a home run with coach Hanson. Not only does he fulfill the aforementioned qualities, he’s also a phenomenal coach who has a great rapport with the players and everybody on campus. I feel he has the makings to become a great head coach one day.”
Hanson’s responsibilities with Cal Poly include post player development and serving as the program’s liaison with athletics department entities and the campus.
Hanson returned to Mott Athletics Center in 2018 after serving as the varsity assistant coach and director of player development at Our Savior HS (Long Island, N.Y.) since 2015. From 2016-18, Hanson coached as an assistant with the New York Rens EYBL AAU club.
A graduate assistant at Pitt (2013-15) under then-head coach Jamie Dixon, Hanson led daily skill development work with Panthers players, assisted in offensive and defensive breakdown drills, conducted film studies and compiled scouting reports. He received his master’s degree in higher education management and his bachelor’s from Cal Poly in business administration.
One of only five players in program history to score at least 1,200 career points and grab more than 600 rebounds, Hanson ranks fifth all-time in appearances (122), seventh in rebounds (628), eighth in points (1,267) ninth in three-pointers (154) and 10th in steals (95). He was also a 2012 Big West All-Tournament team honoree.