Western State Conference

Santa Barbara City to welcome new Director of Athletics LaDeane Hansten

LaDeane Hansten
LaDeane Hansten

SANTA BARBARA - At their meeting on June 16, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees announced that LaDeane Hansten has been selected to serve as the new Director of Athletics. She is scheduled to begin July 1. 

Hansten comes to SBCC after a lifetime of coaching and teaching, most recently as the athletic director at Columbia College in Sonora, California. There, she served seven years in the Health and Human Performance department, focusing on adapted physical education. She was also a member of the Columbia College Academic Senate, where she valued the shared governance system and being a part of transformational change on campus.

As Columbia College's athletic director and representative for the Central Valley Conference (CVC), Hansten was vice president of the CVC Planning Board, chair of the Constitution and Rules Committee, as well as a member of both the Public Relations and Sports Information Committee and the Awards Committee. She was also the CVC sport representative for Tennis.

Hansten is a member of the California Community Colleges Athletic Directors' Association (CCCADA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators, and the California Community Colleges Women's Volleyball Coaches' Association. She is involved with the CCCAA Management Council as a member of the Health & Wellness Committee, with a focus on student well-being, and as the state representative for beach volleyball.

"I am a fervent believer in the mission of California Community Colleges and in putting students first and helping them succeed in reaching their goals," said Hansten. "I am excited to begin at Santa Barbara City College and for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and staff."

Hansten holds a Master of Sport Science with an emphasis on sport management, and a Bachelor of Science in physical education, as well as single-subject and multiple subject credentials. She is a former student-athlete at Cuesta College where she was a member of the women's swim team.

(Martha Swanson, SBCC Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications)