Transformational Coach: Travis Hannah, John Glenn
Travis Hannah lost a key member of the John Glenn program in the summer of 2018, Zac Mago. Zac was entering his season not only as the team’s best player, but arguably its leader and hardest worker. Zac passed away unexpectedly, his absence having a huge impact on the Falcons’ program.
Hannah did a remarkable job of helping his players overcome the loss of their friend and teammate. Not only did they have success on the court with a 10-13 record and winning the championship of the Bi-County Tournament, his players continued to work hard and bonded together through the experience. Coach Hannah is the major reason because of his example and the mentoring he has provided.
Hannah has coached at John Glenn for 12 years and has influenced many of his players on and off the court. His teams are known for playing hard and playing “the right way,” according to Ryan Bales, the coach at Plymouth who nominated Hannah.
“Coach Hannah did an unbelievable job of keeping perspective when facing adversity,” Bales said. “Obviously the situation of losing a key four-year performer would be enough, but there are so many examples where he shows integrity and stays positive. He keeps a proper perspective on life no matter what kind of season his team has. I have a lot of respect for him with the way he carries himself on the court as a competitor and as a man off the court. He is a dedicated husband and father as well.”
Hannah is a 1992 graduate of Triton High School and a 1996 graduate of Bethel College. In 20 seasons as a varsity coach, his teams have a 223-224 record.
Hannah began his coaching career at Brandywine High School in Niles, Mich., in 1999. He spent three seasons at Brandywine (27-37), winning one district championship. He moved to Oregon-Davis in 2002, guiding the Bobcats for five seasons (66-52) with a stint that capped by a 27-1 season and the Class A state championship in 2006-07. He is 130-135 in 12 seasons at John Glenn.
Hannah and his wife, Christin, have two children – Brycen, 14, and Bryley, 11.