Jim Hanny, one of the nation's best collegiate golf coaches for 36 years and the first coach hired at Cal State Stanislaus, confirmed Monday night that this season will be his last.
Hanny, 83, has been inducted into five different halls of fame, but that won't ease his exit from the golf program he led to 12 NCAA Division III titles between 1976 and '89. Since then, his Warriors have become a national power in Division II, where they're currently ranked No. 5.
"I've been here a long time," Hanny said. "My wife Doris has suffered because I've done my thing. She would like to do some traveling.
"She's entitled to that and, heck, I'm getting old."
In 2005, Hanny was named one of the top-five all-time collegiate coaches by Golf Digest magazine. Two ex-Warriors, Mike Bender and Doug Dunakey, eventually reached the PGA Tour, and Bender is now also recognized as one of the nation's most respected golf instructors. More than 20 Warriors earned All-America honors.
Hanny arrived at Stanislaus in 1966 and coached basketball, golf, track and field, cross country and baseball, and also served as athletic director.
"This is something that had to be done," he said. "It was time."
More on Hanny's remarkable career can be found in Ron Agostini's golf column Wednesday.