Coaches' Corner 12/8/16

LHS head basketball coach Pat Hansen is grateful for Laurel and job
Outlook staff writer

The Laurel Outlook recently spoke to Laurel High School head basketball coach Pat Hansen on college ball, family, and what kind of music kids are listening to nowadays.
Pat Hansen was born in LaCrosse, Wis.. He has coached high school boys basketball in Laurel for 16 years (12 as head coach), spent one year in Bridger as head coach of the boys and girls teams, and then was in Gardiner working as head coach four years. His teams won State in boys Basketball in Gardiner in 2005 and boys basketball in Laurel in both 2010 and 2015. Hansen is married to wife, Tricia, and they have two kids Mya, 12, and Cy, 7.
1. What is your coaching philosophy? “In life, it is being successful and everything else will take care of itself with the commitment of being disciplined, accountable, hardworking and always thinking of others first. There is no substitute for hard work and everyday you get a chance to change someone’s life for the better.”
2. What is your favorite college basketball program? “I’m a diehard University of Wisconsin fan. Love the blue collar approach their football and basketball programs use.”
3. What are you most scared of? “Spiders and clowns.”
4. What or who got you into coaching? “The opportunity to use athletics in a way of teaching life lessons [got me into coaching.] Athletics provided me with incredible experiences. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to pass it forward. ”
5. Why did you choose this sport specifically? “I love studying the game of basketball. You get an opportunity to become part of something and get a chance to do something for someone, and it’s played indoors during the winter.”
6. What professional athlete do you tell your athletes to look to as a positive ambassador for your sport? “Well I’m not a fan of NBA basketball (I call it entertainment ball.) I love college basketball. Playing a sport while being a student/athlete where money is not the influence, the love of playing is. Liking the game is one thing, loving the game is another.”
7. What quote do you live by? “I live by two quotes: ‘It’s never wrong to do the right thing,” by Mark Twain and “Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team,” by Scottie Pippen.”’
8. How do you deal with the many different personalities on your team? “Give everyone an equal opportunity and what they do with it is up to them. Build relationships and let them know you are there for them.”
9. Why did you choose to coach in Laurel? “I was lucky Laurel chose me. They gave me an opportunity and allowed me to become part of the community. This is a hard working community. We are blessed with the friends and family we have here.”
10. What are your hopes and aspirations for the season? “To have the strength to make someone and oneself better every day in practice. To have no regrets and know you gave everything you have for the same purpose.”
11. What is on your bookshelf? “Pictures of my kids and spouse. The book “Win Em All,” about Laurel winning Montana’s biggest basketball trophy. I love studying the history of Laurel basketball. Also I have a few game tapes.”
12. What kind of music motivates your athletes? “I don’t want to know. I can’t even understand what is being said in most music today. I’m not much of a music guy.”
13. What is the best advice you have ever been given? “You will never learn anything if your mouth is always moving.”
14. What is the last movie you saw? “The Godfather series.”
15. What is one thing people would be shocked to know about you? “I hate flying.”
16. Who was your role model or a person you looked up to when you were growing up? “My parents. My father always looked out for others before himself and my mother never lowered her expectations to make it easier on me. She taught me to work hard knowing that you will not always get what you want, but will know you did everything you could.”
17. Who were the most popular bands when you were in high school? “Nirvana and Metallica.”
18. What are your team’s strengths this season? “Leadership. Our seniors are great role models for our younger players. These kids have a great friendship. These kids are competitive.”
19. Do you have any animals? “An awesome Boxer dog named Marshall.”
20. What is your favorite part of your job? “I get to do what I love.”​


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