Upper Iowa adds Hanson to Basketball Staff as Assistant Coach

Joel Hanson joins Upper Iowa University as the new Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach; it was announced on Monday. He aided the UIU men’s basketball program as the graduate assistant during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, and is now prepared to return to the Peacock sidelines for the 2024-25 season, joining Head Coach Brooks McKowen and Graduate Assistant Danny Tabaska
“I am really excited to bring Joel back to the Peacock family,” said McKowen. “He was a huge asset for the two years that he was a GA for us. Joel has a very strong work ethic and does a great job connecting to players.”
Hanson hails from the Hawkeye State, and will make a return to his homeland after spending one season with the Golden Eagles of Minnesota Crookston in the 2023-24 campaign. 
“I look forward to coaching under the tutelage of Brooks McKowen for the second time around,” noted Hanson. “The culture that he has helped cultivate here at Upper Iowa is one I am excited to be a part of. The guys are dedicated to improving their skill set every day, and I can’t wait to put in the work on the hardwood with them day in and day out.” 
Peacock men’s basketball finished with a 22-10 record and 15-5 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, placing second in the league for the regular season. They advanced to the second round of the NCAA DII postseason tournament for the second time in program history. 
Hanson received his bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Iowa State University, and his master’s degree in sports administration from Upper Iowa.


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