His statistics are eye-catching: 684 wins, 12 regional titles, seven sectional crowns and four top-three finishes in the state, including the 1992 State Championship.
But for Frank Ganser, Andrew’s 29-year baseball coach who retired in 2007, numbers don’t tell the whole story.
“He taught us about class, pride and doing things the right way,” Andrew coach Dave DeHaan said, who owns the distinction of both playing under Ganser at Andrew and coaching with him. “And I think that carried over with the guys that played for him. We’re all very fortunate to have him as a coach. He’s a role model to us all.”
Ganser was bestowed the honor of having Andrew’s field named after him Saturday before the Thunderbolts contest against Bolingbrook. Friends, family and former players came out in droves to show their support and appreciation to the man who was not only instrumental in constructing a top-notch facility, but also a stellar program.
“I’m humbled by all this,” Ganser said. “There aren’t many high school coaches with fields named after them, so it really is an honor. I didn’t expect it.”
“It’s a testament to him how many people came out (today),” DeHaan said. “Nobody’s more deserving than Frank.”
After the National Anthem, a banner dropped revealing a sign posted over the scoreboard: Frank Ganser Field.
“I got a little choked up,” Ganser said. “I got some butterflies like it was big game when I saw it dropping down there.”
Ganser delivered a strike in the ceremonious first pitch after making a short speech. He was accompanied by, his wife, Linda, his son Brian, his daughter’s Carie and Katie, and his six grandchildren.
“They’re the most important people in my life,” Ganser said. “Over 29-years, my wife had to put up with a lot, and she always said our field looked better than our lawn at home.
“It’s kind of soaking in right now that I’ve got a lot of people that cared about me, and its kind of nice to know that you’re not forgotten.”
With his name above Andrew’s field, Ganser never will be.