Van Halanger was one of 37 persons selected to the hall by the board of directors of the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held the York Barbell Museum in York, Pa.
Van Halanger began his post at Georgia in January 2001, following the hiring of Mark Richt as head football coach. Van Halanger spent 18 years as Florida State's strength and conditioning coach before arriving in Athens. He also was the strength coach at West Virginia, his alma mater, for five years.
In June 2001, Van Halanger was awarded the title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, the highest honor presented by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. It is given for professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field.
This is the first year of national recognition for the field of strength and conditioning; however, athletics coaches have long understood the importance of strength and conditioning coaches. Strength and conditioning programs have helped improve power, speed, body control and endurance for many competitive athletes. Strength and conditioning is also effective in reducing the rate of athletic injuries.