Dave Hanners To Speak At First Annual Greensboro College Athletics Benefit Dinner & Auction

Dave Hanners To Speak At First Annual Greensboro College Athletics Benefit Dinner & Auction
Courtesy of Greensboro College Athletics

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro College Department of Athletics will hold their first annual “An Evening of Pride & Excellence” dinner and silent auction on May 24, 2018, at the VanDyke Performance Space, located in the Greensboro Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro.

Greensboro College Director of Athletics, Bryan Galuski, announced on Friday that former UNC-Chapel Hill men’s basketball player and assistant coach, Dave Hanners, will serve as the guest speaker.

“We are very excited and honored to have Coach Hanners serve as our guest speaker for our first annual dinner and silent auction,” Galuski said. “Coach Hanners has worked with the best and coached the best. His message will certainly have a positive impact on all of the attendees.”

Hanners, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was a member of the Tar Heels men’s basketball team from 1972-1976, under the direction of legendary coach, Dean Smith.

Following his playing career, Hanners joined the Tar Heels staff where he served as a graduate assistant from 1976-1978 and helped lead the team to a Final 4 appearance in his first season.

In addition to his graduate assistant role, Hanners also served as the junior varsity head coach during the 1977-1978 season.

After his time as a graduate assistant, Hanners left the college scene for two years where he traveled to Milwaukee to serve as an English teacher and coach at the University School, before returning to the Tar Heel state one year later to serve in the same capacities at Westover High School in Fayetteville.

Hanners then returned to the college bench in 1980, making stops at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Furman University and East Tennessee State University, before returning to the Tar Heels to serve as an assistant alongside his former coach in 1989.

Hanners then remained with the Tar Heels staff for the next 11 seasons where he helped lead the team to four ACC Tournament Championships and six NCAA Final 4 appearances, while also winning a National Championship in 1993.

Following the 1999-2000 season, Hanners made the jump from the college coaching ranks and joined the Philadelphia 76ers staff as an assistant coach.

Hanners remained with the 76ers until the 2003 season when he made a move to the Detroit Pistons, where he won a NBA Championship while coaching under Larry Brown in 2004.

Also in 2004, Hanners served as an advanced scout and video coordinator for the USA Olympic Team that won a bronze medal in Athens, Greece.

Over the course of the next 11 years, Hanners coached with the New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats, and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Following the 2015 season, Hanners decided to retire from coaching and returned home to Chapel Hill, where he still resides today.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased for $100 by clicking here, or you may reserve a whole table (10 seats) for $1,000.

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