Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb has announced the addition of Thomas Hokanson as the university's head women's tennis coach. Hokanson comes to BSU with tennis coaching experience from both the high school and collegiate levels.
"We think coach Hokanson will be a great fit at Bemidji State," commented Goeb. "He has had a chance to meet with a number of the returning players and team is very excited about what he will bring to the program." Goeb added, "He is the kind of coach the tennis team is looking for. He possesses a great knowledge of the game and is able to effectively communicate that to the team."
Hokanson played an integral part in the rejuvenation of the men's and women's tennis teams at Minnesota State University, Mankato, serving as the assistant coach for both teams from 1998-2000; nearly leading the men's team to its first North Central Conference crown in 11 years. Before joining the staff at MSU, he served as the assistant coach for Mankato East High School boy's team.
As a student-athlete at Minnesota State, Hokanson participated on the Maverick men's tennis team that won the 1987-88 North Central Conference Championship. An accomplished high school tennis player at Richfield High School, Hokanson competed as the team's no. 1 singles player as a senior gaining wins over top-six opponents and earning a No. 5 seed in the Lake Conference Tournament.
Hokanson collected a double major in history and social studies from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn. before earning a master's degree in multidisciplinary studies from the institution in 1996. In 2003, Hokanson graduated from the University of South Dakota with a doctorate of educational administration.
Hokanson becomes the fourth women's tennis coach at Bemidji State since 1990, taking over for Kari Wood who served as the head coach for the past three seasons. Hokanson inherits a team that posted its best season in five years collecting an overall record of 4-14 while the team was 2-1 versus NSIC opponents and finished tied for third in the 2005 NSIC Championships. Angie Harrison (Virginia, Minn.) and Sarah Berg (Bemidji, Minn.) led the team each earning all-conference accolades.