Former UNC Assistant Coach Returns to Carolina.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 5 – CHRIS Hansen, former head coach at Virginia Tech, has joined the North Carolina swimming staff as the full-time assistant coach, Head Coach Frank Comfort announced last week.

Hansen joins the UNC staff after coaching at Old Dominion in the 2002-03 school year and then working in the restaurant industry during the past year.

Hansen is a former Tar Heel assistant coach who served on Comfort's staff in 1994-95. He left Chapel Hill to be an assistant coach at Villanova for one year and then was the head coach at Virginia Tech from 1996-98. Hansen replaces Bill Tramel, who was a full-time assistant on Comfort's staff from 1995-2004. Tramel is now an assistant coach at Minnesota.

"I'm thrilled to have Chris Hansen return to our staff," says Comfort. "Hansen has spent a year previously on our staff here in Chapel Hill and knows our program well. He has coached at a myriad of schools and brings a varied resume to our program."

Hansen left Virginia Tech in 1998 to become an assistant coach at UNLV where he served from 1998-2002 before his Old Dominion stint. Prior to his first UNC stay, Hansen coached at East Carolina from 1992-94.

Hansen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education in May 1991 from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. In May 1994, he received a Master of Arts degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., with concentration in sport and athletic administration.

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