Biography thanks to the courtesy of Clarkson Athletics Hall of Fame
Clarkson Wrestling, 1955-56. Jack Hantz, suited, is in the upper left corner.
Jack Hantz was a member of the Clarkson physical education faculty for 32 years beginning in 1953. He served as associate professor, head coach, athletic director, and chairman of the Department of Physical Education, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. As head coach, Hantz introduced three intercollegiate sports to Clarkson-men's lacrosse, men's soccer, and wrestling - and for many years directed Clarkson's intramural program. He was named director of athletics in 1968 and appointed chairman of the department in 1979. Hantz was also actively involved in the local North Country community, the ECAC, and the NCAA.
Hantz introduced lacrosse to Clarkson in 1960 and guided the Golden Knights for 17 seasons. He led the Green and Gold to 51 victories until he stepped down from the head coaching rank after the 1979 season. Numerous Clarkson players earned all-star recognition under Hantz' guidance, including four who gained All-American accolades. Hantz acted as president of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 1978, and was a member of the NCAA men's lacrosse committee from 1983-85. Hantz passed away in the summer of 1986 at the age of 62. Prior to his death, Clarkson dedicated the lacrosse field (Hantz Field) in his honor on May 3, 1986.
Soccer became a varsity sport under Hantz' guidance in 1953 and he served as the program's head coach for 15 years until 1967. The Knights posted 55 wins during his tenure including eight winning campaigns. Six different Knights earned all-star recognition during Hantz' reign.
The sport of wrestling was also introduced to Clarkson by Hantz. He guided the Clarkson grapplers for 15 seasons from 1953-67. His 1961-62 and 1963-64 wrestling teams were undefeated, the best in Clarkson history. Hantz was a founder of the Northern New York Wrestling Officials Association, and was inducted into the NYS Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1979.
The Clarkson University Athletic Hall of Fame was founded to honor and perpetuate the memory of those individuals who, either through participation, support or interest have made outstanding contributions to Clarkson athletics, and who have helped to bring recognition, honor and distinction to the University. It is with great pride that Clarkson inducts Jack Hantz into the Athletic Hall of Fame.