George Spano was one of the pioneers of Athletic Training in Minnesota. George served as the Hamline University Athletic Trainer from 1957 until his death in 1985. He also served as Assistant Athletic Trainer in the early 1960's for the Minnesota Vikings and worked on a free-lance basis for the Minneapolis Lakers and several other professional teams in the Twin Cities. Amazingly, Athletic Training was a part-time job for Spano, as he worked for Hennepin County Juvenile Courts in Social Work. Spano concentrated on football, hockey, and track during his tenure at Hamline University, but attended to any athlete who asked for his help, regardless of sport. Spano was inducted into the Hamline University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.