GVSU Sport Leadership Program

Alumni Kim Hansen comes to visit

As member of the GVSU Athletic Hall of Fame, former professional basketball player, and accomplished teacher-coach for many years, Kims insights regarding current issues in sports and education are relevant to all Movement Science majors.
Again, here is a brief biography highlighting Kims many accomplishments:
Kim earned a BS in Physical Education from GVSU in 1981. As an undergraduate student, she was a stand-out on the womens basketball team, earning a spot on the NCAA II All-American Team in 1980. Upon completion of her intercollegiate playing career, Kim made history at GVSU and in the U.S. when she was drafted into the first ever womens professional basketball league (WBL). Her professional career led her to play for the San Francisco Pioneers, Chicago Hustle, and Minnesota Fillies before the league folded in the early 80s. Kims accomplishments as a basketball player were further recognized by GVSU when they inducted her into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
Upon completion of her playing career, Kim entered the college coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Lamar University in Texas where she earned a Masters degree in Physical Education in 1983. She quickly moved up in the ranks and was hired as an assistant womens basketball coach at The Wichita State University, an NCAA I university in Kansas. After 5 years at Wichita, Kim was named the Head Coach at North Central College, an NCAA III school in Naperville Illinois, where she spent the next decade in a combined coaching and assistant professor position

In 1997, Kim decided to step away from the college ranks to begin her second career as a high school teacher and coach so she returned to school at John Carroll University to earn her Post-Baccalaureate Certification. Since that time, Kim has taught high school physical education and coached girls basketball at a variety of schools, including her current position at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Ohio. Not only is Kim a dedicated and successful teacher, her coaching achievements include her earning Coach of the Year honors in 3 different school districts in less than 10 years.