Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Reggie Hanson begins his second year as the Bulls’ Director of Operations after moving into the role following the 2010-11 season. Hanson is the senior member of head coach Stan Heath’s staff, coming to Tampa five years ago (2007) after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, for seven seasons. In his first year as the Director of Operations in 2011-12, Hanson was responsible for all internal operations with the men’s basketball program.
During the 2010-11 sesason, Hanson and the Bulls battled a pair of 2011 NCAA Final Four teams to overtime, defeating Virginia Commonwealth, 60-59 in Tampa and coming up short, 66-61, to National Champion UConn in Hartford. The Bulls also took Sweet 16 team BYU to double overtime (77-75) and just lost by one point, 59-58, to Sweet 16 Marquette. USF ended the season with the 17th strongest schedule in the country, according to CollegeRPI.com.
The 2010-11 season was highlighted in the First Round of the BIG EAST Basketball Championship, when No. 15-seed USF overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to upset No. 10-seed Villanova, 70-69. The Bulls trailed 49-33 at halftime, making the 16-point comeback the largest halftime deficit overcome in BIG EAST Championship history. It was also USF's first victory over Villanova and USF's second-straight first-round win in the tournament.
With Hanson's defensive assistance, the Bulls held eight of the league's top 10 scoring opponents below their season average during the regular season. USF also ended the regular season by holding eight of its last 11 opponents under their scoring average. The largest margin was on Feb. 9 when USF held Marquette to just 59 points, which was 20.3 points less than their then-BIG EAST-leading 79.3 points per game.
In 2009-10 Hanson assisted the Bulls to USF's third 20-win season ever with a 20-13 record, and sent USF to the postseason for the first time since 2002, as the Bulls hosted NC State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Bulls also earned their first win in the BIG EAST Championship and registered the school's best regular season BIG EAST record with nine wins, more than doubling the previous season's four.
With the Bulls, Hanson has coached a pair of BIG EAST All-Conference First Team players in Dominique Jones and Kentrell Gransberry. Jones, an AP All-American (HM), was the 2010 BIG EAST Scoring Champion and two years earlier, Gransberry was the league's rebounding leader.
Hanson has experienced a tremendous amount of success as both a player and a coach at Kentucky, one of the top programs in all of collegiate basketball. His duties with the Wildcats included off-campus recruiting and on-court instruction.
The program reached the NCAA tournament each of his seven seasons with the team, highlighted by a pair of Elite Eight (2003, 2005) and Sweet 16 (2001, 2002) appearances. He also helped lead UK to three regular season SEC titles and three SEC tournament crowns. The Wildcats ended all five seasons ranked in national AP polls from 2000-05: No. 1 - 2003; No. 2 - 2004; No. 7 - 2005; No. 9 - 2001; and No. 16 - 2002.
The Somerset, Ky., native joined the staff at Kentucky following a successful eight-year professional basketball career. His playing days included a stop with the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics (1998), but were highlighted by an extended stay in the Japanese Basketball League. Hanson spent seven seasons in Japan, six serving as both a player and a coach. He was the league's leading scorer in both 1995 and 1996 and claimed the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1996.
He averaged 20.6 points and 8.7 rebounds for his JBL career, shooting 51.2 percent from the floor and 84.1 percent from the free throw line. Hanson also played one season (1991-92) with the Louisville Shooters of the Global League.
The four-year letterwinner at Kentucky was named All-Southeastern Conference as both a junior and senior and captured team Most Valuable Player accolades both seasons.
Hanson endeared himself to Kentucky fans during his sophomore season when the program was rocked by an NCAA investigation. Mass defections and a coaching change occurred as a two-year penalty was imposed on the men's basketball team. That resulted in no television exposure for one season and no postseason play for two years. Hanson, with just two years of eligibility remaining, chose to stay and play for new coach Rick Pitino.
As a captain his senior season, Hanson guided the '91 Wildcats to the best record (22-6) in the Southeastern Conference, though Kentucky was not eligible for the league title.
Hanson's dedication to the program led Pitino to rename the team's sacrifice award - the Reggie Hanson Sacrifice Award.
He led the team in field goals made (1990), rebounding (1990, '91), blocks (1990, '91) and steals (1989, '90). Hanson finished his standout career with 1,167 points (currently ranks 38th all-time at UK). He graduated in 1991 from UK with a bachelor’s degree in education.
Hanson and his wife, Lynelle, have two daughters; Sakia and Jaitesha.