Getting to know: Wildcat coach Shad Hanna

Shad Hanna

This week we caught up with Archer City ISD Athletic Director Shad Hanna and asked a series of rapid-fire questions to help those in the community get to know the Wildcats’ leader on the gridiron.

Hanna begins his fourth season at the helm of the Wildcats. He’s coached everything from football to both boys and girls basketball to track. As a football coach, he started out as a running back’s and quarterback’s coach before moving to the offensive line.

Prior to his coaching career, Hanna was a pole vaulter at South Plain Junior College before eventually transferring to Sul Ross State. In high school, he played football, basketball and ran track.

“I’ve had quite a few favorite coaching memories,” Hanna said. “My first would have to be coaching my daughter at the state track meet. When she qualified at the regional meet in Springtown, that was exciting because she was neck and neck with another girl. My second would be one of our comeback wins. We were playing Andrews when I was at Midland Greenwood. We were down 28-7 at the end of the first quarter and manged to pull within 10 going into halftime. We alternated being down seven and 10 points and eventually won 62-61 to go to the playoffs. My last year at Greenwood, we were playing Seminole. They scored with about a minute to go to go ahead 50-49. We drove down and kicked a field goal with four seconds left. Those were two huge district ballgames. I could go on and on. There’s a bunch of comeback wins like that.”

In his spare time, Hanna enjoys creating new things. He states he likes to build something from nothing and making things look nice.

“My favorite overall sports memory is watching my brother after he became a professional jumper making it to the Olympic trials,” Hanna said. “I got to go to Sacramento to be around him and those elite, world-class athletes up close. I got to chat with Michael Johnson. I about melted in my shoes.”

When running through his favorite movies, he settled on the Star Wars franchise while citing Home Improvement as his favorite TV show.

His college football fandom spreads across the Red River to Norman as he enjoys watching the Sooners play on Saturdays. This is something fans should forgive him for.

Lastly, Hanna chose Tom Cruise as an actor to portray himself in a movie about his life.

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