Reggie Hanson is a New Head Coach in Japan

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Former Kentucky Wildcat player and assistant coach Reggie Hanson has landed himself a heading coaching job.

In Japan.

Hanson is now the head coach of the Shimane Susanoo Magic in the Japan-BJ League.

This from The Japan Times:

The 45-year-old Hanson served as a longtime University of Kentucky assistant coach (2000-07) after his playing days. He was a University of South Florida assistant from 2007-11, and then USF’s director of basketball operations through the spring of 2013.

“I want to thank Shimane management for the opportunity to coach the team,” Hanson said in a statement.

“I am very excited to bring a fun style of basketball to the Shimane community.”

What’s his immediate focus?

“Developing offensive and defensive fundamentals will be my main focus to improve the team,” he said.

“It’s great to be back in Japan,” added Hanson, who has a bachelor’s degree in education.

Hanson starred for the Isuzu Motors squad in 1993 and played for JBL rival Denso from 1994-98, while also serving as an assistant coach. He starred for Aichi Kikai from 1998-2000 as a player and assistant coach. At various stages of his distinguished JBL career, he led the league in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots.

I guess basketball truly can take you anywhere.

If you would like to take a look at Reggie’s new team, click here.

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