George Hanson

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George Hanson (April 12, 1935 – September 22, 2016) was an American basketball coach. Hanson was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 1970-71 season, where he finished 11-13 and led the squad to a 5th-place finish.[1] Hanson resigned after one season and was replaced by Bill Musselman.[2] Hanson played for the Gophers in the 1950s and was subsequently an assistant coach with John Kundla and Bill Fitch, he succeeded Fitch as Gophers coach in 1970.[3]

He died on September 22, 2016 at the age of 81.[4]


  1. ^ Former Golden Gopher Men's Basketball Coaches[permanent dead link], November 29, 2007. University of Minnesota. Access date September 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Walker, Herb. "Ashland cage coach to take Gophers' post," The Bryan Times, April 6, 1971.
  3. ^ Hartman, Sid. "Sid Hartman," Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 7, 1986.
  4. ^ Obituary: Former Gophers basketball coach became pioneer in adapted physical education