Eric Hansen Speaks to Sioux City Newspaper; Describes Mental Fatigue

Former Arizona head swimming & diving coach Eric Hansen has spoken to his hometown Sioux City Journal (Iowa) newspaper and given an interview about his resigning from the University of Arizona.

While Hansen did not delve into the details surrounding his final days at Arizona, he did mention the mental fatigue that sets in for a swim coach.

“You’re coaching the national team, which is a treat, but when you get back you realize that was your vacation,’’ he told the Sioux City Journal. “You’re coaching three weeks in Spain and you get like three hours to go check out Barcelona. That’s not really a vacation.’’

Hansen was a member of the coaching staff that traveled to the World Championships last summer, and was the head coach of the 2012 World Short Course Championships men’s team that went to Istanbul in December of 2012.

“I realized that this chapter in my life had kind of played out,’’ he said. “I feel like I got a lot done and now just want a little more balance. I want to have a weekend. I don’t remember the last weekend I’ve had. I’m still young enough to be able to own some of my life.’’

According to the story, Hansen has indicated that at least for now, his coaching career is finished, and that he’ll move to Colorado where his family is and probably join his brother Nick who owns a real estate company around Fort Collins.

This is Hansen’s first public comments since taking a leave of absence from the team in October, and subsequently resigning. There have been several details of an incident involving a 9-1-1 call at Hansen’s home that we’ve been unable to verify, even with a police report.

See the full article here for more details on Hansen’s conversation.

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I don’t know Coach Hansen at all nor do I know the details of what happened at the UofA. It sounds like he was completely burned out coaching and I hope he lands on his feet doing something he likes.


Leaving mid season is odd though, even if your burned out.


Why is it odd to leave mid-season? Whenever a person leaves any job there is almost always unfinished business.


It’s not the first time or the last that a coach leaves during the season. Who knows the real story? I certainly don’t.

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