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Hanna to retire after 44 years with Bulldogs

Scott "Honey Bear" Hanna, or simply "HB," will retire after 44 years as a Minnesota Duluth player, coach and/or staff member, the longest tenure in UMD athletic history.

Scott "Honey Bear" Hanna, or simply "HB," will retire after 44 years as a Minnesota Duluth player, coach and/or staff member, the longest tenure in UMD athletic history.

Hanna, 61, first joined the Bulldogs in the fall of 1968 as an offensive lineman under legendary coach Jim Malosky before going on to serve as a UMD head baseball coach, assistant football coach and equipment manager. The Duluth Central alumnus was inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame last October.

"I couldn't have picked a better place to work," Hanna, who is retiring later this month, said in a UMD press release. "This has been a dream job for me, and I am fortunate to have done it for as long as I have. To be part of this department for four decades and have the opportunity to interact with hundreds upon hundreds of great kids has been a real joy."

Hanna is considered the face of Bulldogs baseball, having been involved with that program since its inception in 1972 through the spring of 2005. He compiled a 550-357-3 record in 27 years at the helm, won four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles and was twice named conference coach of the year.

"If I could go back to 1968 and do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing," Hanna said. "I have no regrets -- none -- and that pretty much says it all."

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