When Hamline head football coach John Pate needed a new assistant coach the other day, he didn't have to go far to find one who knew his way around the place. Jim Honsa, a 1988 HU grad who was an assistant coach here from 2007-10, is returning to Klas Field this fall. Honsa (pictured at right) played four years for the Pipers from 1984-87. In his freshman season, he was a member of the last HU team to win a MIAC football title. In his senior season, he was voted the team's offensive lineman of the year and was an honorable mention on the All-MIAC team. He capped his Piper career by being named recipient of the school's prestigious William Cloon award in 1988.
After graduating, he worked with head football coach Dick Tressel as a volunteer assistant offensive line coach in 1988-89. He went on to a decade-plus coaching career at North St. Paul High School, including six seasons as the team's head coach.
Honsa will work with the defensive backs and serve in the role of Special Teams
Coordinator/Academic Coordinator with the 2012 Pipers. He replaces Derrick Minor, who resigned last week to pursue other opportunities.
Honsa was named the school's Alumni Coach of the year in 2002 and the Varsity Gold Outstanding Performance Coach in the same year. In addition to his HU degree in political science, Jim earned a master's from St. Thomas in 1993.
Honsa will join Pate and the rest of the Pipers on the field on Saturday, August 11 for the first day of practice for the 2012 season. The regular season opener is September 1 at Minnesota-Morris. The MIAC opener is September 15 at Carleton. Hamline opens its 2012 home schedule with a prime time (7:00 p.m.) game against Augsburg at Klas Field.