ESCANABA - Jim Hansen grew up across the street from the Escanaba Athletic Field and was an All-U.P. football player at Escanaba High School.
Tuesday night Hansen became the EHSl head varsity football coach, succeeding Dan Flynn, who retired earlier this year from a position he assumed in 1985. Hansen played for Flynn and also served on his staff since 2006, serving as offensive co-ordinator the past four years.
The board of education approved the appointment by a 7-0 vote. The board also gave approval for Randy Kleiman to serve as assistant baseball coach under first-year mentor Kirk Schwalbach.
Hansen is also head boys tennis coach and assistant wrestling coach for the Eskymos, positions he will retain. He teaches science and social studies at the high school.
"I'm extremely honored and humble and very thankful to everybody," Hansen told The Daily Press Tuesday afternoon. "This is a dream come true for me. There is nothing better. To coach and teach at Escanaba is like a dream come true, to get back to a school and a community that mean so much to me."
Hansen is married to the former Kristi Bero of Escanaba. His parents are Jim and Pam Hansen, with his dad the former Escanaba Public Safety director. He began his football playing career on junior high's green team with his dad as head coach. His brother, Jeff, is former head freshman football coach at Gladstone.
Hansen was head varsity boys and girls track coach at Superior Central High School in 2005 and was head wrestling coach at Gladstone High School in 2005-6 before getting a teaching position at Escanaba in 2006.
For details on the new coach, read Wednesday's Daily Press.