COLUMBUS, Ohio - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Ohio State head men's volleyball coach Pete Hanson has been selected as the 2011 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year.

A 28-year veteran at the helm, Hanson led Ohio State to a season of firsts in 2011. The Buckeyes captured their first NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship, becoming only one of three squads outside the West to do so, and finished the season as the No. 1 team in the AVCA Men's Division I-II Top-15 Poll for the first time in program history. OSU entered the NCAA Championship as the event's No. 3 seed, knocking off No. 2 seed Penn State, 3-1, in the tournament semifinals before securing a dramatic 3-2 victory over No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara in the title tilt.

Ohio State ended 2011 with a 26-6 overall record, its fifth consecutive Midwestern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIVA) regular season title with an 11-1 league mark, and the MIVA Tournament title, while being ranked in the top-10 of the Top 15 Poll for every week of the season. In addition, Hanson mentored the NCAA Tournament MVP and AVCA First-Team All-American Steven Kehoe.

Hanson holds a career record of 541-288 during his time with the Buckeyes, and has now twice been honored as the AVCA Division I-II Men's National Coach of the Year, the first time coming after the 2000 season.