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Fred Hanover Named Interim Head Men's Golf Coach

UC San Diego

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce that Fred Hanover has been named Interim Head Men's Golf Coach.

Hanover brings 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to UC San Diego, has taught the game for over 30 years, and is an accomplished professional player.

"I am honored and excited to join such a well-respected university and athletics program," said Hanover. "I am looking forward to working with the talented student-athletes and passing along the knowledge I have gained over my years of playing, coaching, and teaching."

In the collegiate game, Hanover most recently served at the University of Redlands as Head Men's Golf Coach from 2015-2018. In his first season with the NCAA Division III Bulldogs, Hanover led the team to a second-place finish at the conference championships and one of his players was the individual medalist. In 2017, Redlands repeated its second-place performance at the conference championships. In 2018, the Bulldogs placed third in the league and produced an individual that went on to compete at the NCAA Championships.

From 1998-2010, Hanover was the first-ever Director of Golf for the men's and women's teams at Cal State San Marcos in San Diego's North County. He developed the institution's golf program from initiation to inception, spearheading recruiting efforts, developing budgets, and implementing two home tournaments. During his time with the Cougars, Hanover was honored as the NAIA Region II Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2007, and 2008. The men and women achieved top 10 national rankings, won more than 10 tournaments, and produced 11 All-Americans.

Hanover was selected to direct the NAIA National Championships in 2007 and 2008 and was chosen by the NAIA to serve as the chair for the 12-school conference in which Cal State San Marcos competed. 

He was also a golf lecturer at CSUSM from 2010-2012. In the newly-created position, Hanover developed a curriculum to teach golf to beginner, intermediate, and advanced level players.

Prior to working at Cal State San Marcos, Hanover was the Head Men's Golf Coach at Cal State San Bernardino from 1996-1998. With the Coyotes, he developed the 1997 NCAA Division II individual national champion and was tabbed the 1998 NCAA West Region Coach of the Year.

As a professional player, Hanover has been competing on the PGA Tour Canada since 1987. He placed in the top 100 money winners for seven consecutive years and finished in the top 10 in three tournaments. Hanover also qualified for and played in the 2014 United States Senior Open Championship.

A 1985 graduate of UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Hanover was named MVP of the Anteaters' golf team in 1984.

In 1987, Hanover founded a business to provide individual and group lessons to executives, children, and adults. He continues to run the organization today.  

Hanover replaces Jim Ragan, who recently accepted a Head Women's Golf Coach position at Cal State Monterey Bay following five-plus seasons leading UC San Diego's men's program.

The first outing for Hanover with the Tritons will be the Cal State San Marcos Fujikura Invitational, Feb. 4-5 at Shadowridge in Vista. 

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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