Lauren Hanson
Lauren  Hanson

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Portland (2003)

Email/Phone: / 408-924-1718


Reigning MW Regular Season Champs Open 2018 Slate Friday Night

The Spartans open defense of the 2017 Mountian West regular season title hosting cross-town rival and #19 ranked Santa Clara


2018 SAMMY Awards Honors Best Of San José State University Athletics

The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.


2018 SAMMY Awards Honors Best Of San José State University Athletics

The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.


Women's Soccer Head Coach Lauren Hanson Signs Five-Year Extension

Hanson has one of the top-four winning percentages by a Mountain West women's soccer head coach.


Regular Season Champs Celebrate 2017 At Team Banquet

Team awards, video tributes and an appearance from a special guest were all part of the celebration.

In four seasons as San José State’s head coach, Lauren Hanson, a two-time Mountain West Coach of the Year, has guided the program to unprecedented success including both Mountain West Tournament (2015) and regular season (2017) titles and an NCAA postseason appearance. Her 29 regular season conference victories are the most by any head coach in Spartan women's soccer history and 24 Mountain West wins in the last three seasons are tops in the 12-team league. 

Since her arrival there have been 19 All-Mountain West selections and 37 Academic All-Mountain West honorees. Among the latest all-conference selections is Darriell Franklin who was the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year just two years after being in discussions for Freshman of the year as a forward. Jamilecxth Becerra was another player in 2017 to earn top all-conference honors as the Newcomer of the Year under Hanson's direction. Former Spartan keeper Zoe Makrigiannis ended the 2015 regular season with seven shutouts and was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year as well with Hanson's guidence. 

Other outstanding individual accomplishments for Hanson’s players include Dorthe Hoppius’ invitation to compete for her native German Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and Darriell Franklin’s invitation to train with the United State’s Women’s National U-20 Team. Hoppius also became San José State’s first player to become an NSCAA Scholar All-American, one of 33 Division I players in 2016 to do so.

Hanson was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons in 2017 after guiding the Spartans to a 9-1-1 record during league play. The team finished on a seven-game unbeaten streak and won every Mountain West match played at home. Hanson did it with proven leaders such as the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Darriell Franklin and All-MW First Team players Dorthe Hoppius and Myia Wilkes. However, she also started multiple freshmen in six league matches and had three or more underclassmen on the pitch to start eight contests. Hanson plugged in seven different starting lineups throughout conference play.

Hanson, the winner of NCAA Women’s College Cup championships as a coach and player, was made the sixth head women’s soccer coach at San José State University on December 18, 2013.

The 2015 Mountain West Tournament title, won against San Diego State at the SDSU Sports Deck, was the first MW championship for any sport at SJSU since aligning with the conference in 2013. It was just the second time in program history (16 years) that San José State had reached the postseason.

The Spartans blew the seventh-place MW preseason prediction out of the water that year by finishing 8-3-0 in conference play. Eight wins in conference play were the most in program history, one of many records broken during the team’s run in 2015.

SJSU finished 3-14-1 overall the year prior to Hanson and her staff’s arrival. In the first year under Hanson’s direction, the team had a marked improvement in a number of statistical categories that led to an 8-8-3 overall record. That year, the Spartans doubled their offensive output, scoring 22 goals after just 10 went into the net in 2013. The defense also saw a huge lift, allowing 18 goals when the year before it gave up 33.

Hanson won both of her NCAA Women's Cup championships with the University of Portland. In 2005, she was an assistant coach with the Pilots and in 2002, was the team captain of Portland's championship team. Her college coaching career began at her alma mater in 2004.

In 2005, Portland completed an undefeated season (23-0-2) en route to its second NCAA Women's College Cup championship. In 2006, Hanson was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Portland earned a berth to the NCAA Women's College Cup in four of her five seasons on the Pilots' staff.

As the University of Oregon's Associate Head Coach during the 2009 through 2011 seasons, she coached the Ducks' backline and was the program's recruiting coordinator.

As Lauren Orlandos, Hanson enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a four-year centerback for Portland. She was a member of three Pilot teams to play in the NCAA Women's College Cup. The 2000 and 2001 clubs reached the semifinals, and she captained the 2002 Pilots to the program's first NCAA Women's College Cup championship.

Hanson also has national team playing experience. She was a member of the United States Women's National Team in 2001 and competed on the U-18 and U-21 U.S. women's national teams.

Hanson played one season professionally after she was the ninth-overall selection in the 2003 Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) draft by the New York Power.

A native of Lake Forest, Calif., Hanson graduated from Portland in 2003 with her Bachelor of Arts degree. She and her husband, Travis, have two children, Cole and Taylor.

Lauren Hanson Year-by-Year at San José State

Season Overall Record Mountain West Notes
2014 8-8-3 5-5-1
2015 10-8-4 8-3

Mountain West Tournament champion

NCAA Tournament 1st round

Mountain West "Coach of the Year"

2016 10-6-4 7-3-1
2017 12-6-2 9-1-1 Mountain West regular season champion;
Mountain West "Coach of the Year"
Career 40-28-13 29-12-3