Paul Hansen

Paul Hansen (1928-1993)

Teams coached: Oklahoma City Stars, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma City record: 82-79 (.509)
Oklahoma State record: 107-89 (.546)
Overall record^: 189-168 (.529)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1983)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Big Eight Tournament Champion:  1  (1983)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1991 USAO
1979-1986 Oklahoma State
1973-1979 Oklahoma City
1955-1973 Oklahoma City (asst)

Paul Hansen Facts

  • Paul Hansen
  • Born December 6, 1928
  • Died January 18, 1993
  • Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Alma Mater: Oklahoma City University (BA, 1951) / University of Oklahoma (M.Ed, 1955)
  • Born in Hull, IA and raised in Oklahoma City, Hansen graduated from Oklahoma City Central HS in 1947
    • He played at then-Division I Oklahoma City for head basketball coach Doyle Parrack
  • Started his coaching career at the lower levels, with stints at Noble HS (OK) and Jackson JHS (OK)
  • Returned to alma mater Oklahoma City in 1955 to join the staff of new head coach Abe Lemons
    • Worked with Lemons for 18 years, helping lead OCU to seven NCAA Tournaments and two NITs
  • Took over for Lemons as the head coach in 1973, leading the program for the next six seasons
    • Went 82-79 overall but failed to reach the postseason during his tenure
  • Hired in 1979 to be the head coach at Oklahoma State, a position he held for seven seasons
    • With a 107-89 record, Hansen’s best season was in 1982-83 when the Cowboys won the Big Eight Tournament
    • The school declined to renew his contract in 1986, offering him instead the role of assistant AD (which he declined)
  • Last coaching job was a five-year stint at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), a NAIA program in Chickasha, OK
    • Was 77-66 during his time at USAO before retiring from coaching in 1991
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1992) and OCU Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1980)
  • Died in 1993 at age 64 after battling a blood disorder for several years
    • Survived by his wife, Carol, and five daughters, Elizabeth, Patti, Judith, Mary and Heidi

Paul Hansen Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only