"HB" Comes Out of Retirement to Help Bulldogs

By KBJR News 1

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After less than three full months of retirement, Scott "Honeybear" Hanna will once again be part of the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) athletic family, this time as a volunteer assistant coach with the Bulldogs.

Hanna retired this past spring after spending 44 years at the school as a player, coach, and staff member, but he said he missed being around too much to stay away.

"It's so much fun to be around these kids and this university," Hanna said. "It's just such a great place. It's been so good for me that if I can give a little back, it's a good thing."

The 61-year-old Hanna was inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2011, that after first starting with the Bulldogs program as a college freshman in 1968.

A Duluth Central graduate, Hanna became known as the face of Bulldogs baseball after being involved with the program since its inception in 1972 through the spring of 2005.

He was a starter during UMD's inaugural season and went on to serve 27 years as the Bulldogs' head coach, amassing a record of (550-357-3).

He won four regular season conference titles, helped the team to one berth in the NCAA Divsion II regional tournament, and oversaw two appearances in the NAIA Area 4 playoffs.

Hanna, who also was a four-year football letterwinner, has been UMD's equipment manager since 1978 and also served 23 years as a football assistant coach.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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