Sports Information Director
Phone: (989) 463-7114
Fax: (989) 463-7018
Mike Hanson has been with Alma College Athletics since the 2008-09 athletics year. Hanson came to the Scots from the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers where he served as the Executive Director of Communications. Hanson has also worked for the Florida Panthers of the NHL, and the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.
He is recognized as being one of the very few people to ever be the head of the Public Relations (PR)/Communications department in three major professional sports. At the time of Hanson’s stint with the Patriots, he was the youngest Public Relations Director in the NFL.
While in the professional sports world, Hanson worked six Super Bowls, three NHL All-Star Games and one NBA All-Star game. In football, coaches that he served with included Bill Parcells, Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson, while athletes were Dan Marino, Warren Moon and Drew Bledsoe.
In the NHL, Hanson had the privilege of working with Head Coach Mike Keenan, one the the NHL's all-time winningest coaches and players such as Pavel Bure and John Vanbiesbrouck. The NBA brought him in contact with such players as Scottie Pippen, Brandon Roy and Rasheed Wallace and coaches Nate McMillan and Maurice Cheeks.
Hanson’s responsibilities as Sports Information Director include doing stats for all sports, writing game stories, being the main game day contact for every sport, setting up all media requests, maintaining the athletic website, as well as other duties as needed.
During his tenure, the school has added seven new varsity sports and now have 22 total in the athletic department. Hanson initiated and coordinated the transformation to a new Presto Athletic website that has garnered critical acclaim for its design and content.
He also serves as the main conduit for the school's Game Management. His duties include the handling and hospitality of all referees along with opposing coaches and players. In addition, Hanson is responsible for selecting and training all student workers for athletic events. During the 2011-12 season, he spearheaded the hosting of two MHSAA high school basketball regionals, an NCAA Softball Regional and the 2012 MHSFCA high school football all-star game.
Mike is a 1989 graduate of the University of Minnesota where he double-majored in Communications and Political Science. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota. He is married to Jana (Anfinsen) Hanson (7/3/93) and has two children, Zach (17) and Sydney (13).