Former Jackrabbit standout Austin Hansen returned to South Dakota State for his fifth season on the men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in 2012-13 after working for five years as an assistant coach at Minnesota State, Mankato.
"We're thrilled to have Austin on our staff," said Scott Nagy. "Having a coach on staff that played for me benefits us all, and it helps us in recruiting, because he can tell kids what it's really like here. He's an incredibly hard worker and extremely organized, and that's important in recruiting."
"I love being at South Dakota State and a part of a program with so much history and tradition," said Hansen. "Coach Nagy has had a tremendous impact on me both on the floor when I played for him and off the floor dealing with life's challenges. He's well respected in the coaching profession and it's been great to come back and work for him. I've really enjoyed helping our basketball program become a contender at the Division I level."
Hansen graduated from SDSU in 2003 with a degree in health physical education and recreation, and started with the Mavericks as a graduate assistant in 2003. He then joined the staff as a full-time assistant in 2005 after earning a master's degree in sports administration.
In his five years on the Maverick bench, the Valley Springs, S.D., native helped guide the Mavericks to a 116-37 overall record, including a school record 28 wins in 2007. He also helped lead them to four straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2005-08, three North Central Conference regular season championships from 2006-08 and to an NCC Finals championship in 2006.
Hansen coached a total of 12 all-NCC selections, five academic all-NCC players, eight all-North Central Region selections, two NCC most valuable players, two NCC newcomers of the year, one NCC defensive player of the year and one NCC freshman of the year.
Long before making his mark as a coach, Hansen did it on the court for the Jackrabbits from 1999-2003, as the only player in South Dakota State men's basketball history to lead the Jackrabbits in scoring all four years on the team.
With Hansen on the court, the Jacks advanced to four North Central Regional Tournaments and won the North Central Conference regular and postseason titles in 2002.
Hansen finished his Jackrabbit career with 1,815 points, which ranks third on the SDSU all-time charts, and his 37-point performance against Morningside on Dec. 29, 2000, still ranks as the ninth best single-game performance in school history.
A three-time All-NCC and two-time all-regional selection as a Jackrabbit, Hansen sits atop the SDSU record book in all-time three-point field goals made in a season with 85 in 2003 and in a career with 235. Hansen's three-point prowess allowed him to become the only Jackrabbit player ever to score 400 or more points in four consecutive seasons.
Hansen's 225 career steals ranks third all-time at SDSU, and his 280 career assists ranks eighth all-time.
Hansen also excelled off the court, earning Academic All-NCC honors three times and academic all-region twice.
Over the course of his career, Hansen played in 119 games, all of them starts, and led the Scott Nagy led Jackrabbits to a 91-29 four-year record. Coincidentally, the only game he ever missed in his four-years at SDSU came against MSU-Mankato during his senior year.
Before he took the floor at SDSU, Hansen led the Brandon Valley Lynx to the Class AA title in his senior year, earning him multiple Player-of-the-Year and South Dakota Mr. Basketball honors. When he graduated from BVHS in 1998, Hansen held the school records for assists, three-point field goals and consecutive free throws made.
Hansen and his wife, Andrea, live in Brookings with their daughter Hannah.