Walter E. (Smokey) Alson '35: The dean of professional baseball managers, Smokey Alston has coached the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for 15 years. He has guided the Dodgers to seven National League pennants and four World Series Championships. He lettered three years in both basketball and baseball at Miami. Alston recall that his best game in baseball was when he hit three home runs and a double in a game against Youngstown. The basketball game he remembers most was the one in which Miami defeated a heavily-favored Ohio U. team and he held its leading scorer to just four points. Following graduation in 1935, Alston signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. Most of his early career in professional baseball was as a player and a coach in the minor leagues. Four times in his minor league career he hit 25 or more home runs. In 1953 he was the surprise choice of the Dodger organization to be the new manager. He wasted little time in assuring the Dodgers that he had been a good selection as he guided Brooklyn to a National League pennant and its first World Series Championship in 1955. Alston followed by winning pennants for Brooklyn in 1956 and for Los Angeles in 1959, 1963 1965, and 1966. His teams also captured World Series Championships in 1959, 1963, and 1965. Alston received an honorary degree from Miami in 1960.
Earl H. (Red) Blaik '18: The name of Red Blaik is no stranger in football circles. He was elected to the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1964 and two year later received the Foundation's most coveted award the Gold Medal Award. He coached football at Dartmouth for seven years (1934-40) and compiled a record of 45 wins, 15 defeats and four ties. Blaik moved to West Point in 1941 and coached Army's football teams for 18 years. He had six undefeated teams, coached 26 All-America players, compiled a record of 121-33-10 and was voted Coach of the Year in 1946. He also served as athletic director for 11 years (1948-59). He was a graduated from Miami in 1918 after earning three letters in football and one in baseball. In 1960 he received an honorary degree from Miami. From Miami Blaik enrolled at West Point. He became the first Cadet to play against Navy in three sports in one season football, basketball and baseball. He received All-America recognition in football before graduating from Army in 1920.
Paul Brown '30: In 34 seasons of coaching high school, college, service and professional football, Paul Brown has compiled a record of 361 victories, 133 defeats and 16 ties for a winning percentage of .725. He starred as a quarterback before graduating from Miami in 1930. Thirty years later he was the recipient of an honorary degree from the University. Destined for the coaching profession, Brown began at Severn School, a preparatory school for the Naval Academy near Annapolis. After one year he returned to his old high school in Massillon, where he built a football legend in nine years by winning 80 games, losing eight and tying one. Brown moved on to Ohio State for three years and guided the Buckeyes to the national collegiate championship and won Coach of the Year honors in 1942. The next two years were spent coaching the Great Lakes Naval Training Center team before entering professional football. In 1945 he assembled the Cleveland Browns, who played for the world championship every year for the first 10 years of its existence. During his four years in the old All America Conference and 25 years in the National Football League, his teams compiled a record of 213-104-9. In addition to winning the All America Conference title all four years, his teams won seven divisional crowns and three NFL championships. The Professional Football Hall of Fame inducted Brown in 1967. Brown became head coach and part owner when he also founded the Cincinnati Bengals in 1967. After 1975 Brown moved into the general manager's role on a fulltime basis. With the guidance of Paul Brown, the Bengals appeared in three playoffs and two American Football Conference Central Division Championships. Brown was named National Football League Executive of the Year in 1981.
Jay Coville '26: Jay Colville ended his 47th year as head trainer and dean of Miami's athletic staff in 1969. He entered Miami in 1921 and became head trainer three years later. As a student he was a welterweight boxer and a guard on the football team. Since graduation in 1926, Colville has taught physical education and coached boxing (1935-50) and wrestling (1950-54). He helped to establish the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and was instrumental in hosting its third annual national convention at Miami in 1953. He served as president of the NATA, 1951-53. Colville was trainer for the United States Olympic boxing team at Melbourne, Australia, in 1956. He was selected into the Helms Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 1966. Two of Colville's former assistants have been Marvin Pollins, head trainer of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Tom Healion, trainer at Indiana. Reflecting on his long ministry to Miami athletes, Jay often remarked: "I reckon I could recognize a thousand men by their ankles and the bottoms of their feet." Colville was also inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame in November of 1969.
Weeb Ewbank '28: Weeb Ewbank made professional football history when he shocked the sports world. He coached his New York Jets to a stunning upset victory, giving the American Football League its first world Championship. His athletic career began at Miami where he was a three-sport star. He was a quarterback on three winning football teams, helped bat Miami to two Buckeye Conference baseball titles as captain and earned three letters as a forward in basketball. He then moved to the sidelines where he served for 14 years as an assistant coach. A 1928 graduate of Miami, Ewbank coached football at McGuffey High School where his teams won 71 of 98 games. He also coached Miami's basketball team during the 1938-39 season. In 1943, Ewbank joined Paul Brown at Great Lakes Naval Training Station as an assistant football coach. At the end of World War II, he became backfield coach as Brown University and head basketball coach for the Bruins before moving to Washington University in St. Louis to become head grid coach. In two seasons he brought the Bears their finest record in 30 years, compiling a 14-4 record, including a 9-1 mark in 1948. While there, Weeb also acquired a son-in-law, Charley Winner. Winner, formerly heard coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, served as an assistant under Ewbank with the Jets. In 19949, he entered the professional ranks by rejoining the Cleveland Browns, serving as line coach. While a member of the Cleveland Brown's coaching staff, he helped lead the Browns to four Eastern Division titles and the NFL crown once. Ewbank became the head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1954. In six seasons he guided the Colts to two NFL championships in 1958 and 1959. In 1963 he accepted the head coaching and general manager posts with the New York Jets. Ewbank led the Jets for four years before producing a winning season in 1967. When the Jets won the AFL title in 1968 he became the first coach to win titles in both leagues. He received his honorary degree from Miami in 1960.
Ara Parseghian '49: Success has been the trademark of Ara Parseghian from a standout athlete at Miami to his illustrious coaching career. He earned two letters in both football and basketball and one in baseball. He received All-Ohio honors in 1946 and 1947 for football and also earned All-America recognition in 1947. Following graduation in 1949, Parseghian played one season with the Cleveland Browns, but his pro career was cut short due to injury. He returned to Miami in 1950 to assist Woody Hayes in football. When Hayes went to Ohio State, Parseghian became Miami's head football coach. In five years he guided the Redskins to a record of 39-6-1 and won two MAC titles. After spending eight years at Northwestern, Parseghian moved to Notre Dame in 1964. In five years his team posted a mark of 40-7-3. He was Coach of the Year in 1964. His 100th victory was 51-0 over Southern California to clinch the national title in 1966. Parseghian ended his career with a record of 170-58-6, including two national championships in 1966 and 1973 with Notre Dame. Parseghian was part of the charter class of the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969. He was one of ten coaches to be elected to College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. Parseghian received an honorary decorate from Miami in 1978, and served on Miami's Board of Trustees for nine years from 1978-87.
John Pont '52: After fumbling the opening kickoff of the season as a sophomore, John Pont retrieved the ball and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown in what proved to be the beginning of a legendary career at Miami. In three years as an All-MAC halfback, Pont scored 27 touchdowns, gained 2,390 yards in 340 rushing attempts and returned 33 kickoffs for 874 yards some Miami records today. Pont totaled 4,184 yards of total offense. He was part of the 1950 MAC championship team coached by Woody Hayes that also recorded a 34-21 win over Arizona State in the Salad Bowl. Pont was part of the first team All-MAC in 1949,1950, and 1951. He led the MAC in rushing with 977 yards in 1949 and 883 in 1951, and was considered to be the leading sophomore rusher in the nation. Led the MAC in scoring with 54 points in 1949 and topped Miami with 66 points in 1951. His jersey No. 42, was the first to be retired at Miami. Following graduation in 1952, he played one season of professional football at Toronto. He returned to Miami in 1953 to be freshman football coach under Parseghian. When Parseghian went to Northwestern in 1956, Pont moved on to the head job for Miami. In seven years his teams compiled a record of 43 wins, 22 defeats and two ties and won MAC titles in 1957 and 1958. He became the head football coach at Yale in 1963 and had a two-year mark of 12-5-1 before moving to Indiana in 1965. Pont accomplished the seemingly impossible in 1967 when he led a sophomore team to a share of the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. For this feat he was selected Coach of the Year by both the Football Writers Association and the American Football Coaches Association. He also coached for Northwestern and Mount St. Joseph. Pont became a charter member of Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
George Rider: George Rider was associated with Miami for 39 years as a coach and athletic administrator. His coaching record includes five sports where he had a combined record of 317 wins, 96 defeats and five ties for a winning percentage of .764. Following graduation from Olivet College in 1914, Rider joined the Miami staff to coach football, basketball and baseball from 1917 to 1919. His teams won Ohio Conference titles the first year in all three sports. Both of his football teams and his first basketball team were undefeated. His 1917 football team outscored its opponents 202-0. Rider is best known for his 36 years of coaching track and cross-country, 1924-1960. His track teams won nine Buckeye Conferences titles and 10 consecutive MAC and 11 All-Ohio crowns. His cross-country teams captured nine MAC and 11 All-Ohio crowns. Rider also served Miami as athletic director for 16 years (1924-40) and director of physical education for nine years (1941-50). He was selected to the Helms Foundation Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 1957. Rider has been president of both the NCAA Track and Cross-Country Associations. In 1959 he served as honorary president of the International Track and Field Coaches Association. Became a charter member of Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.