Former GF softball commissioner, teacher Jim Hanley dies

Former GF softball commissioner, teacher Jim Hanley dies Click to Enlarge

Jim Hanley, a longtime Grand Forks teacher, softball commissioner and public address announcer, died Friday evening.

Hanley’s daughter Nancy Hanley-Wroble said her father died of congestive heart failure at his Grand Forks home. He was 78.

Hanley was a teacher in Grand Forks from 1961 to 1999, spending most of that time at South Junior High (Middle School), before moving to Red River High School, said his wife of 50 years, Yvonne.

Among the subjects Jim taught were global education, history and geography.

Hanley was well-known as Grand Forks’ softball commissioner for approximately 25 years. He also served as North Dakota’s softball commissioner for 18 years. He was inducted into North Dakota's Softball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Hanley’s voice was familiar to sports fans as a longtime public address announcer, highlighted by a decades-long run at the North Dakota high school hockey tournament in Grand Forks.

In addition, Hanley was at the microphone for many UND hockey, football and basketball games.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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