Don Denson

Inducted: 2005

Best Known For: Basketball Boys Coach

Hometown: Torrance, CA

College: The University of Utah

High School Coach: Brownsville Hanna High


The dean of Valley basketball coaches, he was a patient teacher who turned out winning squads in Brownsville for over 30 years.

Don Denson, a native of Torrance, California, received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Utah, before enlisting in the U.S. Army from 1969-72. He came to visit his parents in the Valley after his military service ended, and has been here ever since.

After a four-year stint at Cummings Middle School of Brownsville, Denson was hired as assistant coach of the Hanna Golden Eagles in 1976. Two years later, he took over as head coach.

Denson led the Eagles to over 600 victories while winning 60 percent of his games. His teams captured six district titles with two regional quarterfinal trips and one berth in the regional semifinals. Hanna made the playoffs 13 of his last 19 years and enjoyed a super season in 2009 with another of his patented juggernauts.

Denson’s teams were always known for hustle, teamwork, and excellent passing. Along the way, he was named Coach of the Year seven times.