Head Coach Derrin Hansen enters his 10th season at the helm of the Omaha men’s basketball program in 2014-15, having compiled an outstanding career record of 149-121 in nine years. He has guided the Mavericks to two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a conference championship in both the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (2010) and the North Central Conference (2008) before UNO announced its reclassification to Division I beginning with the 2011-12 season.
The 21st head coach in UNO history, he ranks second all-time in school history with 149 career victories, behind only Bob Hanson, who had 382 over 25 years. Hansen has coached four players to Daktronics All-Region plaudits, and Tyler Bullock earned All-America honorable mention in 2009-10 before going on to play professionally. In addition, eight of his players have won a combined 15 all-conference awards, with three All-Summit, eight All-MIAA and four All-NCC.
Omaha has also performed in the classroom during the Hansen era, with five Academic All-District honorees, six NABC Honors Court selections, two Academic All-Summit selection, six Academic All-NCC picks and 22 MIAA Academic Honor Roll members.
The 2013-14 season included a major milestone for the Maverick program, as it made its first Division I postseason appearance with the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Omaha, which finished the year at 17-15, defeated North Dakota in the first round of the tournament before heading to the next round at Murray State. The Mavericks also had two All-Summit honorable mention picks with John Karhoff and CJ Carter, and Karhoff went on to earn his second Academic All-Summit award as well.
In 2012-13, Omaha played its first season as a member of the Summit League, tallying 11 wins and defying expectations by finishing sixth in the conference standings. Justin Simmons was named second-team All-Summit, while Karhoff was an Academic All-Summit pick and earned Academic All-District plaudits from CoSIDA.
The 2011-12 season marked the Mavericks’ first year competing as a Division I institution. The challenging slate was highlighted by Hansen’s first win against a fellow Division I opponent, as UNO picked up a 77-72 road victory over Northern Illinois on Dec. 3, 2011.
In 2010-11, Hansen led Omaha to a record of 19-9 with a 15-7 MIAA mark, which was the Mavs’ fourth straight winning season and Hansen’s fifth in six years. UNO reached the semi-final round of the MIAA Tournament, and three players picked up all-league hardware – guards Tyler Bullock (first team), Mitch Albers (third team) and Torrian Harris (all-defensive). Bullock also earned his second straight all-region nod from Daktronics and all-district accolades from the NABC.
The season also included a personal milestone for Hansen, who achieved his 100th win as a head coach with a 90-84 victory over Southwest Baptist at Sapp Fieldhouse. He shared the special night with Albers, who also surpassed the 1,000 career points mark.
The previous year in 2009-10, Hansen coached UNO to a 22-9 overall record and the MIAA Tournament crown, a feat achieved in the school’s second year as a member of the conference. Bullock and Andrew Bridger were both named All-MIAA, and Bullock went on to second-team all-region and All-America honorable mention awards.
Hansen guided the Mavs to a school-record 25 wins in 2007-08, their final season as members of the NCC. Omaha won the final NCC Tournament and earned its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 2004-05 season. Michael Jenkins earned All-NCC accolades, Denny Johnston was named defensive player of the year, and Jerry Bennett earned NCC Tournament MVP honors. The 2007-08 squad also led Division II in free throw percentage at 79.7 percent and were eighth nationally in fewest turnovers, averaging just 12.3 per game.
Hansen took the reins from former coach Kevin McKenna in 2005. Before taking his post as head coach, Hansen served as an assistant coach at UNO for seven seasons from 1998 to 2005. He helped the program to a 131-73 record, two NCC regular-season championships, one tournament crown and three trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Hansen is a native of St. Paul, Neb., and began his coaching career as a student assistant coach for his alma mater, Nebraska Wesleyan. As a four-year letterwinner, he was part of the 1988 NWU squad that advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals, and as a student coach, his 1990 team went to the NCAA round of 16.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1991, Hansen spent two years as the basketball and track & field coach at Elmwood-Murdock High School in Murdock, Neb. He also taught health, physical education weightlifting and physiology at EMHS.
Hansen earned his master’s degree in physical education in 1995 from Nebraska-Kearney, where he served as a graduate assistant for two years. After completing his graduate studies, he was hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Neb. Outside of basketball, Hansen taught physical education courses and served as intramural director.
Hansen is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Nebraska Coaches Association. He also served on the NCAA Division II North Central Region Advisory Committee in 2007-08.
Along with his coaching responsibilities, Hansen is an instructor in UNO’s school of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He and his wife, the former Vicki Harris, have two daughters, Abby and Erica.