Oliver Hanf’s streak of four consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year honors is over. Instead, he’ll be chasing his second straight CCAA Men’s Coach of the Year award in 2014.
Hanf officially made the move to men’s head coach after 16 seasons guiding the women’s program when Chico State Director of Athletics Anita Barker announced his hiring on Wednesday following a national search.
“We are not just a team we’re a family. I’m honored to continue the legacy Coach Freitas built,” said Hanf. “I loved every minute of the 16 years I spent coaching the women’s program. This is an exciting new chapter for me.”
Hanf took on double duty as the women’s head coach and the men’s interim head coach in January following the retirement of his long-time mentor, Kirk Freitas.
Five months later he was the CCAA’s Men’s Coach of the Year and CCAA Women’s Coach of the Year after leading both teams to conference titles and top-25 NCAA Championship finishes. He also helped mentor decathlete J Patrick Smith to his second consecutive NCAA decathlon crown.
“After an exhaustive national search we found the person we were looking for right down the hall,” said Barker. “Oliver has done a spectacular job with our women’s program and I’m confident he’ll do the same with the men.”
Hanf mentored 39 All-Americans – including four national champions – and 61 CCAA champions in his 16 seasons as head coach of the Chico State women’s team. He earned five CCAA Women’s Coach of the Year awards, first in 2004 and then four straight times from 2010 to 2013.
Prior to taking over the Chico State women’s track and field program, Hanf served as head coach of the Butte College men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams.
He competed as a nationally ranked decathlete for Chico State, scoring 6,888 points in 1991. Hanf earned All-Conference honors as ahigh jumper clearing 6-feet-9 in 1992, a mark that ranked among Chico State’s top 10 performances in the event for 20 years.
Hanf earned seven varsity letters in football, wrestling, and track & field at Ygnacio Valley High School before attending DiabloValley College.
He transferred to Chico State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1992 and his master’s degree in biomechanics in 1995.
Hanf and his wife, Shari have two daughters, Jessica and Sophia.