Tom Hanlon is in his 14th season with the Notre Dame golf program, where he serves both as the administrative assistant for the men?s and women?s golf teams.
Hanlon has been with the women?s program from its days as a club sport through its transition to a varsity sport and has been the driving force behind the women?s program as it evolved into one of the top programs in the region. His numerous duties with both Notre Dame programs entail a daily, full-time commitment to help the programs run smoothly on a year-round basis.
A member of the Notre Dame men?s team which captured the 1944 NCAA Golf Championship, Hanlon was one of two Irish golfers that advanced to the second round in the 1944 NCAAs, losing to eventual champion Lou Lick of Minnesota.
Following the 1944 NCAA competition, Hanlon joined the Navy and served on a cruiser in the Pacific during World War II. After being discharged at the end of the war, Hanlon returned to Notre Dame and received a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine in 1949.
He later received a master?s degree in education from Notre Dame in June of 1951 before going on to teach science and match and coach basketball and track at Jefferson School in South Bend.
Hanlon sold the insurance firm of Tom Hanlon and Associates in order to devote his time fully to the varsity golf duties. He and his wife JoAnn have eight children.