Year Inducted: 1976
Schools / Organizations: US Marine Corps
Western Illinois University
Biography: Ray “Rock” Hanson coached Western Illinois University from 1926-1946. Along with famed Coach Phog Allen of Kansas, Hanson originated today’s 10-second rule in basketball. A retired Marine corps colonel, Ray earned a Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service during WWI. Hanson served as athletic director at Western from 1926-1962 and had the school’s athletic field, Hanson Field, named after him. During his tenure, Ray recruited the first African-American athletes to the Macomb campus. Ray Hanson passed away on January 4, 1982.