Tiffany Hansen Season 2024
Tiffany Hansen begins her second season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers in 2023. In her first season in 2022, she helped guide LSU to the second round of the NCAA tournament and the program’s best final season ranking in over seven seasons, as the Tigers finished No. 28 in the country. Hansen’s main responsibilities include working closely with the goalkeepers and team as well as bringing home future Tigers.
Last year she worked closely with goalkeeper Mollee Swift, who led the conference in average saves per game with 4.05 and recorded 77 saves (third best in SEC) on a 74% save percentage in 2022. Swift was responsible for five clean sheets last season, including four in SEC play, and tallied 1,693 minutes in the net for the Tigers.
Hansen is a key component to the development of the LSU Soccer program in every facet and is looking to build on this success in 2023. A native of Lexington, Ohio, Hansen was hired on April 13, 2022, by LSU Soccer Head Coach Sian Hudson. She came to LSU because of the direction that Hudson was building the program and knew that she wanted to be a part of something special in Baton Rouge.
The fall 2023 season will be Hansen’s 16th season as a Division I assistant coach. A proven recruiter with multiple top 20 recruiting classes, Hansen came to Baton Rouge after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan from 2015 to 2022. She put together the No. 6 recruiting class in all of the country in 2017, which paid dividends in Michigan’s success the last five seasons.
Hansen helped Michigan have immense success over her time there as the Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, 2019, and 2021. In 2019 the Wolverines reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and in 2021 they captured the Big Ten Tournament Title on their way to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8.
Hansen’s traits have worn off on Michigan goalkeepers as four of the seven best defensive seasons in Michigan history for goals conceded have come with Hansen in charge. The Wolverines only conceded 14 goals in 2020, 18 in 2021, 18 in 2017, and 20 in 2015. Hansen helped Michigan rack up 12 shutouts in 2021, the second most ever in single season history for the program.
Recent Michigan graduate and goalkeeping standout Hillary Beall, the top rated goalkeeper in the nation when she inked with Michigan as a prep, tallied a total of 76 career appearances for the Wolverines from 2017 to 2021. She tallied a total of 6,855 minutes in net while only allowing 72 goals against for a career GAA of 0.945. The 0.945 GAA matched the second lowest average in program history at Michigan. Beall was a two-time United Soccer Coaches all-region honoree and a three-time All-Big Ten performer. Beall recently signed a professional contract with Racing Louisville FC.
Two of Hansen’s other keepers at Michigan, Sarah Jackson (2015-17) and Megan Hinz (2014-17), also ranked in the top five of career GAA at Michigan with average goal conceded marks of 0.94 and 0.97, respectively. Jackson was an All-Big Ten performer as well and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice during her career.
Hansen is heavily involved in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. She served as the US Soccer ID Center Staff Coach for players in the state of Michigan and the Central Region in the past while also serving as a US Soccer Scout for the youth national team.
Before making the jump to Michigan, Hansen was the goalkeeper coach, lead recruiter, and camp director at the University of Dayton. She helped the Flyers to two Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championships in 2011 and 2014, and the regular season title in 2013; Dayton went to the NCAA Tournament twice while Hansen was on staff. During the 2013 season, she mentored freshman goalkeeper Liz James to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team while she also was awarded with the NSCAA National Player of the Week honors twice.
Hansen’s coaching career began at Bowling Green from 2008-10. During her tenure as coach, Bowling Green registered 23 shutouts including a program record 14 in 2008. Hansen’s goalkeeper, Alexa Arsenault, was named to the All-MAC First Team after notching a record of 12-6-4 on the season with a GAA of 0.68.
Hansen’s collegiate playing career started at Louisville in 2004 before she transferred to Bowling Green for her final two seasons of eligibility. She helped BGSU set a then program record of 10 shutouts during the 2006 season and served as the team captain of the squad in 2007 during her senior season.
Hansen has experience working with US Soccer at the Youth Level as she has served as an assistant with the U17, U18, U19, and U20 WNT while also working as a scout for US Soccer across the country. Most recently, Hansen served on U17 WNT staff for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in India, and is currently working on U20 WNT staff for their upcoming FIFA World Cup Cycle to be played in Colombia. She earned the distinction of being selected as a coach to the inaugural edition of the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program which identifies the top 30 up and coming coaches in the profession while on the coaching staff at the University of Dayton.
The Ohio native is a two-time graduate from Bowling Green. She first graduated summa cum laude in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. She then earned her master’s degree in food and nutrition in 2010 while serving as assistant coach. Hansen holds a USSF “B” license as well as a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and Advanced National GK Diploma.