The York College athletic department has announced the school's 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class.
Baseball players Matt Day and Travis Gaidos will be joined in the Hall by swimmer Chip Hannig. The trio is the 23rd class of the Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Saturday, May 4.
Hannig, a 1976 graduate, not only had great success at York, but has become a coaching legend in Delaware. At the time of his graduation, Hannig held the school records for the 50-, 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle races. He was also a part of three relay teams (the 400 medley, the 400 freestyle and the 800 freestyle) that held school records. Hannig was the squad's most valuable swimmer in 1973 and the program's leading scorer in 1973, 1974 and 1975. He was an NAIA national qualifier in the 50 freestyle in 1976, and was a team tri-captain in the 1975-76 season.
After his Spartan career, Hannig became a coach. In 2000, Hannig returned to his high school alma mater, Salesianum High School, to take over the reins of their program. In his 13 years at Salesianum, Hannig has led the program to a record of 139-14, 10 Delaware state championships, one Delaware state runner-up finish, 34 individual state champions, 16 state relay champions, 93 all-state swimmers, five individual swimmers of the year and 32 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches of America All-Americans. Hannig is a four-time Delaware State Swimming Coach of the Year.
Day and Gaidos were a part of the best Spartan baseball team in school history. The two were members of the same recruiting class and led the 2002 squad to the best year in school history with 34 wins and a berth in the NCAA Division III Winston-Salem Regional finals in May of 2002. The duo also combined to win the 1999 Capital Athletic Conference championship, the Spartans' last conference baseball crown.
Gaidos was a four-time All-CAC selection. He was the 1999 CAC Rookie of the Year and the 2000 CAC Player of the Year. Gaidos was the 1999 and 2000 Spartan team MVP, a 2001 ABCA second-team All-American and the 2002 Daniel J. Klinedinst Award winner.
Gaidos' name is all over the Spartan record books. He remains ranked first in career batting average (.412), second in total bases (379), second in on-base percentage (.488), third in RBIs (156), fourth in hits (238), fourth in home runs (23), fourth in runs scored (158), fifth in slugging percentage (.656) and fifth in walks (79).
Gaidos still owns the top two single-season batting-average records (.504 in 2000, and .490 in 2001), second in RBIs (56 in 2001), second in on-base percentage (.574 in 2000), second in runs scored (56 in 2001), third in total bases (119 in 2001) and fourth in single-season hits (75).
After his graduation, Gaidos got a job at the York County School of Technology, where he serves as a coach for the Spartans. Gaidos earned his masters' degree at Millersville and has served as a coach and instructor with Ripken Baseball.
Day was a four-time All-CAC selection, including being the 2002 CAC Player of the Year. He was a two-time ABCA All-American, earning second-team honors as a junior and third-team accolades as a senior.
Like Gaidos, Day's name is all over the Spartan record book. He is ranked first in career doubles (66), first in runs scored (183), second in career hits (251), fourth in batting average (.393) and fifth in total bases (361). Day is also among the single-season record holders. He is first in hits (83 in 2002), first and second in doubles (24 in 2002 and 21 in 2001), first and fifth in runs scored (63 in 2002 and 50 in 2001) and second in total bases (124 in 2002).
Day returned to York as the Grumbacher building supervisor and the director of intramurals in 2006. He assumed the role as assistant director for athletics and recreation in the summer of 2010.