This December, Theresa Hanson, an alumna of the United States Sports Academy, will embark on the next chapter of her administrative career as she begins her tenure as the first female Athletic Director at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., Canada.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, Simon Fraser will install Hanson as its sixth Athletics and Recreation Director to lead the 17 Clan varsity sports programs. Simon Fraser currently competes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level and is the only Canadian school to be a member institution of the NCAA. Coincidentally, while Hanson was working on her masters, she was part of a group lobbying the NCAA to accept Canadian schools into membership.
“The opportunity came up at Simon Fraser and…I had to apply for the position.” Hanson said. “I am ready to step into this role and do great things at Simon Fraser!”
Hanson earned her M.S.S. in Sports Management from the Academy in 2010 and has steadily worked in college athletics since. According to Hanson, the Academy was a “perfect fit for a working mom.”
“I was looking for something that would fit with my schedule and my business degree.” Hanson recalled. “I was worried about the online aspect at first, but then adjusted and loved the schedule. I would put my daughter to bed and then study from nine to twelve at night. It is one of the best things I ever did. It is an excellent degree and I whole-heartedly benefitted from it.”
Hanson feels her position is rewarding and allows her to make a positive difference in the lives of student-athletes. She remembered Dr. Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies, from the program at the Academy and wishes she was able to meet some of the instructors that helped shape her career.
Hanson earned her Bachelors of Science in Management Technology from Lewis and Clark State College in Idaho where she also played basketball and coached the same. Upon graduation Hanson worked in the financial industry for seven years prior to changing her career and returning to her love of sports.
For 11 years, Hanson worked as Director of Athletics at Langara College in Vancouver before moving to an associate role at the University of British Columbia (UBC). UBC is one of the top athletic programs in Canada and they compete in the Canadian College Sport System. After 10 years at UBC Hanson will be leaving to advance her career at Simon Fraser University.
Hanson resides in Vancouver with her husband Kevin, who is in his 16th year as Head Men’s Basketball coach at UBC, a powerhouse in Canada. They have one daughter, Jessica, who is a freshman on the UBC Women’s Basketball team.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special-mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.