About TOM HANSON
Hanson started at the Daily News back in 2003 as a sports writer and has gone from sports columnist to news columnist to the Bonita Content editor to heading the Breaking News/Deadline team and now back to his true love, as the managing sports editor.
He was named APSE Top 10 sports columnist in 2004. He also won second-place column writing from Golf Writers of America for a piece on Jack Nicklaus' last Masters and the death of his grandson. In 2013, he won APSE Top 3 feature story with an enterprise pieceon Immokalee native and former Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James and what he's doing after retiring from the NFL.
Before coming to the Daily News, he caddied on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. He penned a weekly column for CNN/SI. His greatest thrill in life came on the golf course, caddying for Lauri Merten when she won the 1993 U.S. Open.
During his years at the Daily News, Hanson has been honored with numerous Florida Press Club awards for coverage ranging from a 30-year-old attending high school to the Immokalee Indians football team going undefeated and not being eligible for the state playoffs to a man with mob connections coaching Little League before heading to prison.
Yet, he's even prouder of his staff's award-winning coverage from a Fort Myers police officer being shot and killed to a deadly bus stop stabbing.
Tom Hanson: Latest Pro Football Hall of Fame vote could leave Edgerrin James on the sidelines for quite a while
Published 02/04/2014 at 7:18 p.m.
Edgerrin James and his fans received disheartening news Saturday when the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee announced this year’s inductees.
Tom Hanson: Comer shows big heart in Eagles' victory
Updated 01/17/2014 at 10:04 a.m.
FORT MYERS — Blood flowed from Brett Comer’s nose as he lay on the Alico Arena floor in agony. A puddle of red marked the spot in the final seconds of Florida Gulf Coast University’s 63-60 victory over USC Upstate.
Tom Hanson: Matt Kuchar adds another victory in Naples — 16 years later
Published 12/15/2013 at 6:30 p.m.
For Matt Kuchar, it had been 16 years between wins in Naples.
Tom Hanson: At 500-1 odds, Dunk City still a Sin City favorite
Published 11/08/2013 at 12:43 a.m.
The Mirage has taken 14 bets on FGCU to win the NCAA tournament. Stonebrook said there were 13 bets for $10 and one for $5.
Tom Hanson: Shula likes what he sees from Dolphins
Updated 11/03/2013 at 11:14 p.m.
Shula, the architect of the NFL’s only perfect season, was the most sought-after autograph and photo during Sunday night’s cocktail party and dinner.
Tom Hanson: Immokalee mourns loss of champion, honors JJJ with district win
Updated 11/02/2013 at 12:30 a.m.
Ruiz’s dream of becoming a state champion ended Thursday night when he and two of his friends died in a horrific car crash in Immokalee. Ruiz was 17.
Tom Hanson: This season brings good news for Bears football program
Published 10/31/2013 at 4:33 a.m.
Palmetto Ridge football coach Ryan Mitchell smiled after losing 73-0. He was reminded that the Bears, with a 5-3 record, are the biggest and most pleasant surprise of the 2013 prep football season.
Tom Hanson: After 73-0 loss, coach still wants no mercy
Published 10/26/2013 at 2:07 a.m.
No one called the police or filed a complaint with the Collier County School District against the Naples High football team or its coach Bill Kramer after Friday night’s lopsided 73-0 win over Palmetto Ridge. No one called them bullies.
Tom Hanson: Dallas Crawford cherishes pep talk from Portis before game-winner
Published 10/21/2013 at 7:47 p.m.
Dallas Crawford proved former Miami Hurricanes great Clinton Portis is a soothsayer.
Tom Hanson: What side of the ball Tyler Byrd lands still up for debate
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:18 p.m.
I’m still marveling over the epic battle between Immokalee wide receiver J.C. Jackson and Naples defensive back Tyler Byrd in Friday’s classic game at Immokalee. Let’s not take anything away from Byrd since Jackson went off for 231 yards, three ...
Tom Hanson: Brett Comer becoming face of Dunk City
Published 02/09/2014 at 7:01 a.m.
Brett Comer took a day off last week. The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball star didn’t practice. He wasn’t sick. He wasn’t injured — even though he is still playing with a fractured nose suffered last month.
Tom Hanson: Kilton Anderson signing with Fresno State shows his move turned out for best
Published 02/06/2014 at 6:20 p.m.
Naples’ Kilton Anderson pulled off the ultimate Hail Mary for a high school quarterback.
Tom Hanson: Immokalee's Johnson Louigene, from edge of dropping out of high school to college football scholarship
Published 02/05/2014 at 6:25 p.m.
IMMOKALEE — As a junior at Immokalee High, Johnson Louigene had a better chance of being a high-school dropout than going to college.
Merle Haggard, here tonight, played West Palm short, sweet -- and solid
Updated 02/05/2014 at 11:09 p.m.
Merle Haggard didn’t need to be fancy. He stayed true to his Bakersfield, Calif, roots. He played an hour of classic country Monday night at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
Prep soccer: Demarest, Community School knock off Evangelical
Published 01/29/2014 at 2:42 p.m.
For the first time in three years, Community School defeated its arch-nemesis Evangelical Christian in the Class 1A Region 2 semi-finals.
College football: Palmetto Ridge's Ron Johnson commits to UConn
Published 01/25/2014 at 3:28 p.m.
Below freezing temperatures didn’t deter Palmetto Ridge standout senior running back Ron Johnson from picking his future college.
Muere John Iamurri: Naples pierde al padre del béisbol
Published 01/23/2014 at 12:57 p.m.
Carlos Alfonso ha estado envuelto en el béisbol profesional —como jugador, entrenador y cazatalentos— desde hace más de 47 años. Dice que se lo debe todo a John Iamurri Sr.
John Iamurri dies: Naples loses its father of the diamond
Published 01/23/2014 at 5:15 a.m.
Carlos Alfonso has been involved in professional baseball — as a player, coach and scout — for more than 47 years. He says he owes it all to John Iamurri Sr.
'Godfather' of Naples youth sports John Iamurri Sr. dies
Published 01/22/2014 at 9:23 p.m.
Coach John Iamurri Sr. told his players "close your eyes and visualize." Iamurri never imagined the impact he would make on youth sports when he moved to Naples from the Philadelphia area in the late 1950s,
FGCU men's basketball notebook: Brett Comer has no issues with broken nose
Published 01/18/2014 at 11:18 p.m.
FORT MYERS — A broken nose didn’t slow down Brett Comer.
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