J. Flint Hanner was an NCAA champion who became a talented coach at Fresno State University from 1925-60, where his most notable pupil was fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Cornelius “Dutch” Warmerdam.
While an athlete at Stanford, Hanner was a three-time All American and three-time national intercollegiate champion in the javelin. He closed out his intercollegiate career by winning the inaugural NCAA title in the javelin in 1921. In 1922, Hanner added a U.S. title in the javelin to his record of success.
Hanner also coached the basketball team at Fresno State from 1929-32 and 1944-45, and he still holds the Fresno State record for the best season start by a first-year coach (and second best season start all-time in school history), with an 8-0 start to the 1929-30 season.
Hanner’s teams won 27 championships in the Far Western and California Collegiate Athletic Association Conferences. Under Hanner’s tutelage, Warmerdam became perhaps the most dominant pole-vaulter of all time. As a post-collegiate competitor, Warmerdam became the first person to clear 15 feet in the pole vault – a height he cleared a total of 43 times in his career, with no other competitors breaking the 15 foot barrier during that entire time.
Hanner also started the West Coast Relays, a two-day meet featuring university, junior college, and high school competition. Hanner also served as President of the track coaches association from 1948-49.