Dan Hanton
(____–____)

Year Inducted: 2007

Born and raised in Port Huron and a graduate of Graceland University, Dan began his teaching/coaching/athletic director career in Brown City Community Schools where he worked for six years.

Dan then came to Port Huron Northern High School where he coached basketball, football and track for 27 years. As basketball coach from 1988-1994 his record was 111 wins and 47 losses, twice taking the team to quarter final appearances. Dan was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998. He was also awarded the Michigan High School Coaches Association Service Award and Boys basketball Coach of the Year in his conference, region and area.

For the past six years, Dan has been the Athletic Director at Graceland University, where he has also coached women’s basketball. As basketball coach, he lead the lady Yellowjackets to an 18 win season, the most wins in Graceland women’s basketball history, a tie for 5th in the HAAC. He had the first women’s basketball player named to an All-American Team. That woman went on to play professional basketball. In 2005-06, Graceland University had three coaches of the year, three players of the year, three conference championship teams, one post-season tournament champion and a regional champion. Five athletic teams found themselves in the nation’s top 25 rankings. In 2007, Dan was named Athletic Director of the Year.

Out of admiration and respect, Dan’s former students at Port Huron Northern requested that he return to provide the 2002 Commencement Address.

Dan and his wife Suzanne have three children: Kelle, Mark and Brian. And they have four grandchildren: Madison, Max, Cooper and Abby.


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