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UW-Superior women’s soccer coach resigns

The University of Wisconsin-Superior announced this week that women’s soccer head coach Melissa Hanson resigned from her position effective Aug. 1.

Hanson will be taking a teaching position in the Amery School District. There, she will teach physical education for grades three through eight and will also coach middle school basketball.

“We are very appreciative of the time and effort that Melissa put into the women’s soccer program at UW-Superior. She is an alumna, one of our own. She has been a part of this university for a long time and we hate to lose her as a member of our coaching family,” said UWS athletics director Steve Nelson. “At the same time, we understand her desire to move into a full-time teaching position, and the opportunity was too good for her to pass up.”

In six seasons with the Yellowjacket women’s soccer program, Hanson’s teams went 29-86-3. Prior to taking over the program she served as an assistant coach from 2005 through 2007. She was also an assistant softball coach for two seasons (2011-12, 2012-13).

In addition to coaching, Hanson served the UW-Superior campus in the academic advisement department.

A native of Duluth, Hanson came to UWS as a transfer from the University of Minnesota Morris. A two-sport athlete, Hanson played both soccer and softball at UWS. In 2002, she played a key role as the Yellowjackets won the WIAC softball championship. That year Hanson was named All-WIAC and made the Great Lakes All-Region and All-Regional Tournament teams. She returned to the soccer field in the fall of 2002, only to have the season shortened due to injury. Hanson was also a part of the 2004 softball team that captured the school’s second WIAC championship. That year, she was named to the All-Regional Tournament team for the second time.

Hanson, a two-time inductee to the UWS Hall of Fame as a member of the 2002 and 2004 NCAA tournament softball teams, graduated from in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and a minor in coaching. In 2010, Hanson earned her master of science degree in education instruction from UWS.

Hanson is also a 2008 graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and a charter member of the Alliance of Women Coaches.

The search for Hanson’s replacement is underway.