Two coaching milestones in sight for Hanson as UBC heads to Ontario


VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball head coach Kevin Hanson is approaching two significant milestones as his team continues its preseason with a visit to Ontario this weekend.

Currently in his 15th season as the bench boss of the ‘Birds, Hanson has 335 victories and is just two shy of tying the school record held by the late Dr. Peter Mullins.

Over the last decade and a half, UBC has been immensely successful, winning five Canada West titles, while Hanson himself has been named the CIS Coach of the Year twice and the Canada West Coach of the Year five times.

Hanson could reach and surpass Mullins this weekend as his Thunderbirds head out on a three-game Ontario road trip. UBC is one of four teams competing at the Laurier Hawk Challenge in Waterloo, Ont. The T-Birds will face the University of Waterloo Warriors on Friday at 3 p.m. PT and the hosts, the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The trip will conclude with an 11 a.m. PT non-conference game on Sunday at the University of Guelph.

Hanson is also at 596 career wins as a head coach. Before coming to UBC, he guided Vancouver’s Langara College Falcons, a member of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, to 261 victories.

The former T-Bird player is already the UBC leader in Canada West regular season wins with 221.

Hanson could get No. 600 on Halloween weekend, when his team is in Oregon for two games.

After that, UBC will return home for the first Canada West regular season series of the year, Nov. 7-8 against the University of Victoria Vikes at War Memorial Gym.