John Hanhauser

Athlete, Coach
College, High School
About John Hanhauser

Hanhauser was a standout as a high school football player at Cathedral Prep before moving on to the University of Pittsburgh to play for head coach Johnny Majors. He was a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the Panthers, in 1975 and 1976, playing on the ’76 team that went undefeated at 12-0 and won the national championship defeating Georgia, 27-3, in the Sugar Bowl. He earned first team All-East honors in 1976 and blocked for Tony Dorsett’s record-setting senior year that produced 2,150 yards rushing and a Heisman Trophy. He also played on the 1975 team that won the Sun Bowl 33-19 over Kansas, with three ballcarriers rushing for 100 yards each. That team finished 8-4. Hanhauser played high school football at Cathedral Prep as a junior and senior, earning All-City both on offensive and defense and honorable mention All-State honors. He was also an outstanding wrestler as a junior, with football injuries resulting in two operations to limit his senior year. He went to high school in suburban Chicago as a freshman and sophomore, selected as Homewood-Flossmoor (III.) High School’s most valuable football player as a sophomore and was an undefeated wrestling both years. After concluding his career at Pitt he went to training camp as a free agent with the Baltimore Colts. John additionally taught Biology and was head football coach at Weber High School in the city of Chicago, leading them to the 1984 Illinois High School State playoffs. For the team’s success he was awarded the “Tony Lawless Trophy” representing the Outstanding Head Football Coach in Chicago.