May 6, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Tom Hanna, who brought the men's golf team to unparalleled success during his tenure, has announced his retirement as head coach of the University of Maryland program, the school announced Friday.
Hanna has been the head coach at his alma mater for 20 seasons. Under his direction, the Terrapins made a school-record six consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2002 through 2007. Maryland participated in the NCAAs nine times in Hanna's tenure.
"I have enjoyed a wonderful experience having the opportunity to coach at my alma mater for the last 20 years," said Hanna. "With my son graduating this month and finishing up his career as a Terp I felt like it was the right time.
"I have fond memories of my time at Maryland and want to thank all of the student-athletes who have worked hard over the years on the course and in the classroom."
He brought a relatively unknown program into one that competed well in the Atlantic Coast Conference, annually one of the toughest leagues in the nation. During his time, the men's golf program instituted the Maryland Invitational, which has grown into one of the top fall competitions in the East every year.
Hanna was also instrumental in the fundraising and development of the Holman Short Game Facility, which opened at the University of Maryland Golf Course in 2008.
"We appreciate what Tom has done for the men's golf program at Maryland," said athletics director Kevin Anderson. "His commitment to the program and to the University has been outstanding. We wish him well in his retirement."
Hanna has had a number of his alumni follow in his footsteps into professional golf. Bobby MacWhinnie and Blaine Peffley each competed in last season's Melwood Prince George's Open on the Nationwide Tour that was played on the renovated University of Maryland layout.
During his playing career at Maryland from 1968 to 1971, Hanna competed in three NCAA Tournaments. After a brief stint in the PGA, Hanna was a head professional at three country clubs on the east coast. In 1991, he returned to his alma mater to become the Terrapins' head coach.
In 1994, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after the Terps finished fifth at the ACC Championships, marking the team's highest finish in 16 seasons. That year, Maryland made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, ending a drought of 18 years.
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