What does NBA Hall of Famer John Havlicek, MLB Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski and National Wrestling Hall of Famer Bobby Douglas have in common with Lincoln Trail College athletic director and baseball coach Mitch Hannahs?
They are all inaugural members of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.
Hannahs joined 12 other athletes, four coaches, two members of the media and two OVAC ‘Family’ members in the first OVAC Hall of Fame induction at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia on Saturday, August 21, 2004.
“It was a very humbling experience,” Hannahs said of the induction. “It was very special.”
Mitch, a 1985 graduate of Skyvue High School, was the “epitome” of a winner in high school, according to the OVAC Hall of Fame program. He was a two-sport, four-year letterman who sparked the tiny Golden Hawks to the state tournament in both basketball and baseball.
In basketball, Skyvue made the OHSAA state tournament in Hannahs’ junior and senior seasons, finishing as the Class A runner-up in 1984-85. He was selected first team All-Ohio as a senior and second team as a junior, plus he was a two-time first team All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-Pioneer Valley Conference honoree. He also participated in the Ohio North-South All Star classic following a senior season where the 5-foot-10 guard averaged more than 22 points per game.
In baseball, the consistent-hitting and sure-handed shortstop helped the Hawks to the Ohio Class A state championship as a senior (1985) as well as the OVAC and PVC titles. He earned first team All-Ohio, All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-PVC honors, and was selected to the Ohio Baseball All-Star Series.
Hannahs also received All-Eastern District, All-OVAC and All-PVC accolades following his sophomore and junior seasons.
After graduation Hannahs pulled off a rare “double” when his college team — Indiana State University — advanced to the NCAA Division I College World Series in 1986, and that same season, he played for the Maynard Post 666 team which advanced to the American Legion World Series. He was voted MVP of the regional tournament that season and won the Louisville Slugger Award for the highest batting average in tournament play.
At Indiana State, Hannahs was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer (1987-89) and was an NCAA Division I All-American following his senior year (1989).
He was a 16th round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers, playing in their farm system from 1989-93. Hannahs coached seven years at his alma mater — ISU — before coming to Lincoln Trail College.
Basketball success — Lincoln Trail College and Marathon Ashland Petroleum had around 125 kids sign up for the MAP Basketball League for Crawford County 4th-5th-6th graders, while Bob Coffman had a similar number of youngsters sign up for his Saturday’s with Coach Coffman at Washington Grade School.
The new league which will play games in the LTC gym, has six boys teams and four girls teams for 5th-6th graders, and four boys and three girls teams for 4th graders.
Statesmen baseball signees — Lincoln Trail College had five baseball players sign letters-of-intent. Randy Krick, a graduate of Oblong High School, has signed with Univesity of Illinois-Chicago; T.J. Brewer signed with Arkansas State; Michael Mulholland and Tyler Nix signed with Eastern Kentucky; and Dallas Sims signed with the University of Dayton.
Articles on these signees will appear in the Daily News at a later date.