Irmo's Hanna talks retirement

IRMO, S.C. (WACH) - After more than 40 years of coaching, it's time to head to the beach.

That's exactly what long-time Irmo High School football coach and athletics director Bob Hanna plans to do.

Hanna handed in his resignation on Tuesday after spending 20 years at Irmo High.

"I think this is one of the best jobs in the state," said Hanna. "To give it up voluntarily...I'm ready or I wouldn't do it."

Hanna was named the state AAAA athletics director of the year earlier this spring, but in less than two months he is heading for some beachfront property in North Myrtle Beach with his wife.

"I signed up for social security a couple weeks ago and it kind of hit me," said the 65-year-old Hanna.

Hanna has a career record of 257-149-2 in 35 years as a head coach. He won nine region titles and made three state championship game appearances since coming to Irmo in 1994.

The Pennsylvania native, who played college ball at North Carolina, says his biggest regret is not winning at least one of those state title games. Still, he is ready to walk away from a game he says taught his players and him valuable life lessons.

"Football is a game. And that game has supported me my whole life," said Hanna. "It's educated me and it's allowed me to live a good life and be able to do this at this point in my life."

Hanna's last day at Irmo High School is June 30.