Clovis News: Sports

Buchanan High athletic director steps down

Buchanan High athletic director Chris Hansen will step down at the end of the school year, citing family and other personal reasons, Clovis Unified spokeswoman Kelly Avants said Wednesday.

Hansen has served as athletic director since fall 2001, a run highlighted by the school being named 2006 California School of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports for athletic excellence but marred in recent months when a student was accused of sexual battery after executing a wrestling move at practice.

Messages left with Hansen were not returned Wednesday, but some coaches said the 47-year old seemed at ease with his decision.

"The last few days," boys basketball coach Eric Swain said, "it's been interesting to see how at peace he is."

Football coach Mike Vogt echoed that sentiment: "He seemed very relieved with his decision."

Confirmation came on the same day five people spoke at the district board meeting to protest the firing of wrestling coach Tyrell Blanche, who was linked not only to the so-called "butt-drag" controversy but also was suspended after an incident last month with a referee.

The board also was formally notified of Clovis North's hiring of ex-Fresno State standout and NFL player Cory Hall as interim football coach. He replaces Tim Simons.