Hansen said he is thankful for the way her mother pushed her to be the best she could be.
“One of my most favorite memories that I share with my students is about expectations,” Hansen said. “My mom, who worked all my life when I was home with her and my dad and still works to this day, stressed to my siblings and me that we must be educated and to work. She expected us to complete our chores and do well in school first, then, we were allowed the other privileges in which we could participate.”
Hansen said bringing anything lower than an A home was unacceptable to her mother.
“When in 10th grade I made my first B, in a higher math class, I was grounded,” Hansen said. “She even went as far to remove me from the basketball team. After my coaches convinced her to allow me to return to the team, I made sure that I made A’s. It did not matter to me what I had to sacrifice, I made every effort to make good grades and continue my education into college. I grew up in a poor family who expected each of us to work hard and diligently and to be good Christians, but we were rich in God’s blessings and the fact that we had one another.”
Hansen now shares some of those qualities with her own family. She is married to Jack Hansen and she has two children in Felicia and Nic. Her family has been through several tragic events over the last few years, but the lord was able to bring her through it. She said the only way she can pay back the entire blessing she has received is my helping others.
“My focus became my family, my job, and God,” Hansen said. “The trivial things in life did not matter. I can never repay all that was done for me and my family by my parents, my brother and sister, extended family, and even people who did for us without us knowing, so my repayment is giving my all to my children and my student/athletes who are my family. I treasure so much what others did for us, and I always want to do whatever I can to help others.”
Hansen knew teaching and coaching would allow her to see her children more as they were growing up. She said it is sometimes tough to balance her career and family. Hansen credits her husband supporting and taking care of the family while she is working.
“Balancing mothering, teaching, and coaching is difficult but manageable-I have a full calendar,” she said. “My husband is a huge part of my success by supporting me in so many different ways. Especially during season, he has taken our children to and from school, picked them up at various gyms, cooked for them, bathed them, and put them to bed, which allowed me to pursue coaching. I feel we have both balanced our responsibilities well, and we have complemented each other throughout the years. We will have been married 25 years in June, and I have coached 22 of those years- 18 as a head coach. He has been a hardworking, wonderful, patient husband and father. Without his support and his sacrifices for me and his children, we would not have been able to do all that we have.”
Hansen said being able to coach her daughter was an experience connecting them in a different way.
“Coaching my own daughter presented its own experiences, she said. “She has been around volleyball since in the womb while I was assisting at Ashville. I can remember the first time she, as a kindergartener, heard me call one of my volleyball teams at Childersburg “my girls,” and she became so upset because she said, “You are my mom.” She grew up in the sport and developed skills at a very young age. I feel like at times she suffered more of “my wrath” than others because she knew she would have to go home with me. In her tenth grade year, she spent most of her day with me- 1st period English, 5th period activity with athletes, 7th period weightlifting, 2-3 hour practice, ride from and to home, and then home- she was not always happy with mom that year. On the other hand, coaching her was one of the most rewarding experiences for me. Being able to watch her grow and develop into a good player is something of which I am very proud.”
Hansen said being a parent is the most rewarding than any award she has received.
“Being Felicia and Nic’s mother is my most rewarding blessing that I could have ever been given,” Hansen said. “Being their mom is a huge responsibility that I do not take lightly, and would give my last breath to make sure they know that I love them.”