Cal Poly assistant coach arrested for assault

August 6, 2012

Randy Hanson

A Cal Poly assistant football coach allegedly attacked another man with a beer bottle at Harry’s Nightclub & Beach Bar in Pismo Beach shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday. [KSBY]

Police arrested  Randy Hanson, 44, for battery and booked him into San Luis Obispo County Jail. He has since been released on bail.

Medics treated the alleged bloody victim at the scene and sent him home.

Cal Poly hired Hanson, whose resume includes assistant coaching for three different NFL teams, in April to be the Mustangs’ defensive backs coach.

While Hanson was an assistant with the Raiders in 2009, he said Raiders head coach Tom Cable threw him from a chair in an heated argument fracturing his jaw and ruining his relationship with the Raiders franchise, Yahoo Sports said. Hanson later sued Cable, but dropped the case because of a lack of evidence.

The Mustangs’ preseason training camp start today at 3:00 pm.

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Its not randy’s fault. He was abused by Jerry Sandusky in his early years and at Harry’s bar no less.

A vomitorium, but entertaining.

Anybody ever remember a good story with “Harry’s” involved? Just asking, never been there myself.

Harry’s is one of the biggest hell holes in the county, if not the biggest

I have found that most sport coaches are mentally ill and really do need psychiatric help.

I could make a long list, but most of them would mean nothing to you. However, Butch van Breda Kolff and Bobby Knight stand out. van Breda Kolff once got so drunk in a bar that the Lakers players had to carry him out. After he got fired from the Lakers for costing them a championship, he went to coach the Pistons and got fired after one game! He was morally depraved. So was Bobby Knight, whom you probably know all about.

Forgot to mention Woody Hayes punching an opposing player right on the field for which he got fired. I had a track coach (he was also an assistant football coach) who assaulted a trackster in the locker room. He got sued for it. He was crazy, too.

He punched one of his own players on the field, while cameras were rolling. He was also reported to be equally physically abusive with his team in practice.

Then there was Frank Kush at ASU, who punched Kevin Rutledge for messing up a punt. Kush got fired, too.

A LOT of coaches get fired for mental and physical abuse, sexual harassment, and other crazy stuff.

The other side of the ledger would be John Wooden, RIP. I would classify him as a mentally healthy person.

What a sweeping statemenit! “Most” sport coaches are “mentally ill?” Seriously? As in any profession — or with nearly any sizeable group of people, for that matter — there will be the bad apples. But my observation is the bad ones are the exception rather than the rule. Tony Dungee, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs, and Pat Summit, along with my former high school and junior high coaches are examples of what I say are that majority of decent ones. And of course, it’s the ones who cause the scandals who receive the notariety. Who wants to read an article about the hard-working, straight-up good coach who simply does his/her job and actually cares about the players, the school, etc.? Same reason people slow down to stare at a car wreck.

I said that that has been MY experience. If it has not been yours, you should consider yourself fortunate, you had a good run. Being on a good team with an outstanding coach can be a great experience.

I have known and seen in action quite a few coaches in my time, and have read about many others.

Of the ones that I have personal knowledge of, MOST of them had serious mental problems, serious enough that they should have been in therapy.

This group exhibited various negative traits, e.g., arrogance, intolerance, bad attitudes, false pride, depression, mood swings, alcoholism, anger management problems, violence, setting a bad example for their players, and other issues. They were all “loose cannons,” in one sense or another.

All too often, what they wound up doing was breaking the spirit of their players, and then neither the players nor the team were nearly as good as they might have been.

Contrast this with John Wooden, the soul of good judgment, prudence, humility, and mental health. He set a good example for his players, and they respected him for it. That made all the difference. The players developed fully and so did the program. He is the model for what a coach should be.

Compare what happened to this assistant coach after hitting someone over the head with a beer bottle to what happened to John Ryan Mason (SLO Fire Department) after he viciously assaulted a civilian in a bar’s men’s bathroom, beating him down, unconscious. Worse, Mason ran away from the crime, leaving his victim on the floor of the bathroom.

Mason got coddled by the Fire Department and, indeed, still works there. It took days for the FD and SLOPD to bring in Mason for questioning…during which time Mason could have destroyed every bit of evidence there was to even link him to the crime (besides the eye-witnesses, that is).

Take-home lesson for Mr. Hanson: Join the SLOFD and you can beat whomever you want, whenever you want, and the FD will always coddle and pamper you afterwards.

Alcohol……….. it’s not that great of a recreational drug.

ITA. And it is the “gift that keeps on giving”

As far as the FD is concerned, I now understand what they really meant in the last election of, “people will die”: it didn’t have anything to do with their firemen responsibilities. I am glad that Mason’s victim survived.