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Howard Hancock
Howard Hancock

Shullsburg, Wis.

Inducted: 1972

Athletic director at Illinois State from 1931-1963 who also coached football (14 years), baseball (16) and golf (29) ... by the 1940-41 academic year, all eight of the Redbird varsity sports teams won conference championships ... captained Wisconsin's football team in 1917 ... restored football respectability to Illinois State, which had 19 straight non-winning seasons, and had been cut in 1910, before his arrival ... resigned from all coaching duties except for golf in 1949 to devote full time to his duties as athletic director ... a member of the Oshkosh, NAIA and NACDA Halls of Fame ... in 1959, he was taken into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame for football ... after his retirement was announced, March 24, 1962 was dubbed "Howard Hancock Day" in the city of Normal ... ISU's football facility, Hancock Stadium, was re-named in his honor following retirement, as well ... has been active in community relations since his retirement and was named Normal Citizen of the Year.