Victor "Vic" A. Hanson
Central HS/Manlius Military Academy
End, 1924-26; Assistant Coach, 1928-29; Head Coach, 1930-36
College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1973
Vic Hanson is one of Syracuse's greatest all-around athletes. He is the only person to be enshrined to both the College Football Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame. While at Syracuse, Hanson lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He earned All-American honors in both football and basketball for three consecutive years (1925-27). When he wasn't tearing up the gridiron for the Orange during his final year, he was guiding Syracuse to the 1926 national basketball championship.
After graduating in 1927, he was signed by the New York Yankees and played for one season in their farm system. After his time with the Yankees, he returned to Syracuse as an assistant, which segued into a head coaching position. With Hanson at the helm, the Orange rolled up a record of 33-21-5. Two notable players coached by Hanson include James Steen, a 1934 All-America tackle, and Ed Jontos, Syracuse's first-ever professional football draft pick. Jontos was selected 45th overall by the New York Giants in the 1936 draft.
Hanson retired in 1936 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.