Bill Hoover '48: Bill Hoover at 167 pounds was an all-Ohio end for three years and captain of the undefeated, once-tied 1947 Redskins who won Miami's first postseason football bowl venture over Texas Tech January 1, 1948. A product of Louisville, Ohio, Hoover was one of those freshmen with whom Coach Stu Holcomb in 1942 began rebuilding Miami football. Hoover returned from World War II Navy service to earn three more letters under Coach Sid Gillman in 1945, 1946 and 1947, becoming one of Miami's first two four-year lettermen of "modern" times. In those three post war seasons, he helped Miami compile a record of 23-5-1. His teammates included five who already are Hall of Fame members and eminent representatives of the Cradle of Coaches: Paul Dietzel, Mel Olix, Ara Parseghian, Paul Shoults and Richard (Doc) Urich. During student days Hoover was a partner, with Sigma Chi fraternity brother Art Goldner, in the old College restaurant. He was end coach on the staffs of Coaches George Blackburn, Woody Hayes and Ara Parseghian in the football seasons 1948-51. After college, Hoover became the owner-manager of the Capitol-Varsity Equipment, Inc., based at Oxford. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1979.
Pat Roudebush '34: Pat Roudebush, remembered by Oxford contemporaries as "All-Everything," was an outstanding student and campus leader as well as a fine athlete. He grew up as a campus kid: his home a house at what then was the edge of the campus, now Miami's McGuffey Museum surrounded by the university. His father was Miami's business officer (and Athletic Advisory Board member) under various titles for many years. In the university, Pat was near straight-A. He was senior class president, received the Herschel D. Hinckley Prize to an Outstanding Junior Man, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, became Miami's nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship, was graduated magna cum laude, and won a scholarship to Harvard. He also had been vice president of both Blue Key leadership recognition society and YMCA; chairman of the All-Campus Carnival, and member of Sigma Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Beta Pi Theta. At the end of his first year in law school, he had been named to the editorial board of the Harvard Law Review. Coach George L. Rider insists Roudebush was one of Miami's finest all-round athletes. He lettered in football on Coach Chet Pittser's 1931 team and was letterman and offensive spark as quarterback on Frank Wilton's first two Miami teams: the 7-1 Buckeye Conference champions of 1932 and the 7-2 Buckeye co-champions of 1933. He won baseball letters under Wilton in 1933, as co-captain, and in 1934, as captain. He had been accustomed to working with younger boys as a camp counselor each summer and just before he was to begin his second year of law school, he was brought home seriously ill from infection incurred in a fall over a tennis court roller at his summer camp. It was an infection which today's antibiotics almost certainly would have curbed easily; he died within a few days on September 7, 1935. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1979.
Bob Whittaker '30: Bob Whittaker was an outstanding halfback on Miami teams of 1926, 1927 and 1928. During his career, he set a Miami javelin record of 171 feet three inches in 1928. Graduated from Norwalk High School in 1924, transferring to Miami from Bowling Green State University in the fall of 1925, he received the Miami degree Bachelor of Science in Education in 1930. He holds a master's degree from Bowling Green. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was at Sandusky High School as head football coach in 1930-40, then at Bowling Green State University as head football coach in 1941-54 and as head tack coach in 1942-48 and 1956-60. He had five undefeated football seasons at Sandusky, including three straight years in 1933-35 with an 86-20-2 over-all record. His Blue Streaks there won 38 straight games between 1932 and 1936. His Bowling Green record in football was 66-50-7, with an 8-0-1 season in 1948. His BGSU track men won 47 of 76 dual meet after sweeping six dual meets. Bowling Green named its all-weather track in his honor. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1979.
David Zeller '61: Dave Zeller held his last position as head basketball coach at Piqua Central High School. He earned three basketball letters and was all-Mid-American Conference guard under Coach Dick Shrider. He played with the professional Cincinnati Royals through the 1961-62 season; returned to help Shrider as a graduate assistant in 1962-63. He started out with six seasons at Northeastern High School near Springfield and then went to coach at Piqua. His teams have won three Mad River Valley League championships at Northeastern and two titles at Piqua in the old Miami Valley League which preceded the present Miami Central Conference. His products include Bernard Newman, a recent Miami player. As an undergraduate Zeller helped lead Miami to a Mid-American co-championship with Bowling Green in 1959. At the time, he ranked second in Miami scoring that season with 13 points a game; second again in 1959-60 with 12.9. As a senior, he led both Miami and the MAC with 22.3 a game for the season and 22.9 in conference play. He also led the MAC in free-throw shooting with 91 of 103 for .883. He shares with Hall-of-Famer Wayne Embry Miami's season record for free throws made: 172, in 1979. His career marks include being third in free throws made (329); third in free throws attempted (432); fifth in points average (16.3); sixth in free throw percentage (.762) and 13th in scoring (1,079), in 1979. Zeller, whose home was Medway, entered Miami from the same high school that sent Embry to Miami Tecumseh, at New Carlisle. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1979.