Athletic Hall of Fame to induct four standouts
Former standouts Thad McCracken ’04, Matt Moore ’05, Fran Quigley ’84 and Richard Veach ’88 have been selected to join the Hanover Athletic Hall of Fame. The foursome will be inducted Saturday, Oct. 22, during a special ceremony as part of the College’s Hall of Fame Day.
One of the top three-point shooters in school history, McCracken was a three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree for Hanover’s basketball team and helped the squad post a 93-16 overall record during his four seasons. During that stretch, the Panthers notched four Heartland Conference championships, two HCAC tourney titles and two berths in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
McCracken was named the league tournament’s most valuable player as a junior and, the following year, was selected the conference’s most valuable player and earned second-team all-American honors. He capped his career with 1,026 points and shared the school’s career three-point field goal record (216 made).
Moore keyed the most successful four-year run in Hanover basketball history. He sparked Hanover to a 99-15 overall record, including four regular-season Heartland Conference championships, three league tournament titles and three NCAA Division III tourney berths, including two Sweet 16 appearances.
A four-time all-Heartland Conference honoree, Moore was named the HCAC’s top freshman in 2002, second-team all-American and league player of the year as a sophomore and HCAC tournament most valuable player at the end of his senior season. He finished his career ranked 13th in school history with 1,392 points.
Selected Hanover’s outstanding senior athlete in 1984, Quigley made his mark as a four-year member of Hanover’s cross country and track and field teams.
In cross country, Quigley earned academic all-American honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competed in the national meet as a senior. He was an all-Hoosier-Buckeye Collegiate Conference and all-NAIA District 21 selection as a junior and senior. The track team’s most valuable runner in 1982 and 1984, Quigley was the NAIA District 21 champion in the 1,500-meter run as a senior and set Hanover’s 3,000-meter steeplechase record as a sophomore.
Veach, who collected seven most valuable runner awards as a member of Hanover’s cross country and track and field teams, was named the College’s top senior athlete in 1988.
Specializing in distance events and steeplechase, Veach earned four consecutive most-valuable-runner awards while leading the track and field team in scoring each season. He joined the cross country squad as a sophomore and finished his career as a three-time all-district and most valuable runner selection. He qualified for the NAIA cross country championship in 1986 and 1987. He placed 96th among 366 runners as a junior, marking the best finish in school history at the time.
Hanover’s athletic hall of fame, started in 1995, recognizes individuals who have served the College’s athletic program with distinction, either by virtue of their performance as a coach, team member or by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics, either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the institution. The hall of fame currently honors more than 150 individuals who have left their mark on Hanover athletics.