The face of the men's golf program at the University of Maryland has been the same for 20 seasons now. Despite the familiarity of being the head coach at his alma mater over that time, Tom Hanna's desire and commitment to improving the men's golf program has changed for the better the fortunes of the Terrapins' team.
Hanna directed the rise of the men's golf program to six consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Consistently among the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Hanna's Terps have attracted outstanding student-athletes to join the program at College Park and made them better players, students and individuals during their collegiate careers.
In 2006-07, the Terrapins again finished among the top two teams in the Mid-Atlantic District, earning their sixth straight NCAA invitation. Maryland placed 20th at the East Regional in Alpharetta, Ga., after placing 10th at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
In the previous season, Maryland earned a pair of team championships, qualified for the NCAA East Regional and placed seventh at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, earning its best team finish since 1999.
Through more than 29 years of experience in the golf business as a competitor and a coach, Hanna has built himself a strong reputation for building a relatively unknown program into a highly competitive team on the national scene. His expertise has translated into some of the most talented programs in Maryland men's golf history.
Originally from Lock Haven, Pa., Hanna is no stranger to success in the golf world. During his collegiate playing career with the Terps from 1968-1971, Hanna competed in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
After graduation, he moved on to compete on the Professional Golf Association Tour. After a brief stint in the PGA's national scene, Hanna continued to rack up state and local titles in the Philadelphia section of the PGA.
Hanna remained on the East Coast, gaining extensive experience as a head professional at several prestigious country clubs. He spent three years at Lock Haven Country Club in his hometown, before taking the head professional job at Centre Hills Country Club in nearby State College, Pa., from 1977-84. From 1985-90, Hanna was the director of golf at the Harbour Towne Golf Course in St. Michaels, Md. In 1991, he returned to his alma mater to take over the reins of the Maryland men's golf program.
The golf program has steadily improved under the supervision of Hanna, exemplified by his 1994 ACC Coach of the Year award after the Terps finished fifth at the ACC Championships, which marked the team's highest finish in 16 years.
In 1999, he guided the Terps to their second NCAA East Regional and consistent top-30 national rankings. The Terps reached the NCAA Central Regional in 2002 and appeared in the next five NCAA East Regional Tournaments, giving Maryland a string of seven NCAA berths in the last 10 seasons and eight in Hanna's 17 years at his alma mater.
Hanna also served as the director of the Maryland golf course, a job in which he exerted just as much energy as with the golf team. Hanna helped transform the Maryland golf course into one of the most popular courses in the area, one that now is used on an annual basis to host numerous local high school golf championships.
He recently relinquished his course director duties, but remains heavily involved in ensuring that it remains one of the top courses in the area. Hanna also directs several summer golf camps at the University of Maryland.
Hanna graduated from the University of Maryland in 1971 and received his bachelor's degree in physical education. Hanna has three children: Betsi, Thomas III, a member of the 2010-11 Terps, and Jessica.