Palo Alto High grad Peter Hansen has been in the football coaching ranks for several years and why not? He grew up in the sport with a father who coached it.
Peter Hansen, son of long-time Palo Alto football coach Earl Hansen, was hired to coach inside linebackers at Stanford it was announced Monday. Photo by David Gonzales/Stanfordphoto.com.
Hansen takes over for David Kotulski, who followed Derek Mason to Vanderbilt as the team's defensive coordinator last week.
"Pete comes to us at a young age but with a tremendous wealth of knowledge," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "In the last three years, he's worked with one of the best defenses in the NFL and worked with some of the best linebackers in the NFL. His perspective and energy will help our front seven."
Hansen spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Stanford as a defensive assistant on the Stanford Cardinal coaching staff, working closely with current San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in film breakdown, scouting reports and practice preparation.
He had previously served as a strength and conditioning intern for the Cardinal in 2008.
Hansen went to the 49ers on Feb. 4, 2011 and worked there as a defensive assistant, working most recently with the team's outside linebackers.
Prior to his Stanford tenure, Hansen was an assistant coach at Palo Alto High for four seasons (2004-07).
Hansen worked primarily with the Vikings' tight ends and defensive ends. He also served as the team's defensive coordinator during the 2006 and 2007 campaigns.
Hansen was a two-sport athlete at the University of Arizona, playing both football and basketball. On the gridiron he blocked seven field goals and point after attempts during his career, and earned second team All-Pac-10 Conference honors as a special teams performer in 2000.
Hansen was a member of the Wildcats' basketball team during the 1999-2000 and 2001-02 seasons. Hansen graduated in December, 2001 with a degree in economics before finishing the 2001-02 basketball season.
Hansen played professional football for the Cannes Iron Mask in Cannes, France, in 2003, and later played professional basketball for Club Falcon in Copenhagen, Denmark, during the 2003-04 season.