Stan Lewis '35: A native of Butler County, Lewis made his reputation at Hamilton High School, Miami University and Middletown High School. A standout athlete for the Big Blue in football, basketball and track, he was the top-scoring high school football player in the country in 1929 with a total of 205 points. He earned three letters in football and one in baseball at Miami. Playing with Miami Hall of Famers Len Fertig, Warren Ott, Pat Roudebush and Bill Stewart, he helped lead the Redskins to a Buckeye Conference championship in 1932 and a co-title in 1933. He was selected for All-American honorable mention in 1933 and second team all-Buckeye Conference and honorable mention all-Ohio in 1934. In one of his most memorable games, he returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and in the fourth quarter scored two more touchdowns against Ohio Wesleyan. Lewis was an assistant football coach for 17 years at Middletown High School under Glenn "Tiger" Ellison. The last 10 years prior to retirement in 1972, he served as Athletic Director of the Middies and was also the Assistant Principal.
Jerry Peirson '66: Nearly half of Peirson's life has been spent at Miami as both a player and coach in basketball. He first made his mark when he was the leading scorer with an average of 15.1 points for the 1962-63 freshman basketball team. In three years on the varsity team under coach Dick Shrider, he helped Miami compile a record of 55 wins in 74 games and capture Mid-American Conference championships in 1964-65 and 1965-66. Both title-winning years he was voted the "Most Valuable Player" on the team. He scored a career total of 732 points and grabbed 476 rebounds for the varsity. Peirson's senior year, he was selected first-team all-MAC and was named the team captain prior to the start of the season-a first under coach Shrider. According to Shrider, he was the "finest defensive player I've ever coached." In addition to his athletic honors, he was also selected to ODK.
Ernie Plank '50: Plank began his football career under Paul Brown as an end at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1944 and then earned three letters as a defensive tackle at Miami under Sid Gillman, George Blackburn and Woody Hayes. Following graduation in 1950, he served five years as head football coach at Grove City High School in Ohio. He then joined John Pont as an assistant coach and spent the next 22 years in collegiate football at Miami, Yale, Indiana and Northwestern. His long association with Pont began his senior year when he captained the football team for the Redskins. Plank played in the 1947 Sun Bowl and helped coach in the 1962 Tangerine Bowl while at Miami and was an assistant coach at Indiana for the 1968 Rose Bowl. He was also employed as a scout for the San Francisco 49ers.
Chris Roderick '71: The first golfer to be inducted to Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, Chris Roderick was a two-time MAC medallist in 1969 and '70. He helped the Redskins to their first MAC golf title in 20 years and to a 13th place finish in the NCAA Championships in 1970. He was also named Miami's Athlete of the Year in that same year. He was selected all-MAC in both 1969 and '70. He went on to be an assistant pro at Muirfield in Columbus before moving out west to become a head pro.
Clive Rush '53: A three-year letterman in football, Rush played one year for Woody Hayes on Miami's MAC and Salad Bowl championship team in 1950 and two years for Ara Parseghian. He ranked among Miami's all-time pass receiving leaders with career totals of 68 receptions for 1,036 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 1951, he was selected first-team all-MAC and all-Ohio. Prior to taking his first head football coaching job at Toledo in 1959, Rush served as an assistant coach to Hugh Devore at Dayton, Hayes at Ohio State and Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma. From 1963-69, he was an assistant to Weeb Ewbank and was given credit for helping the New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. He became head coach of the Boston Patriots in 1969 and served for a year and a half. His last coaching assignment was with the Merchant Marine Academy prior to his death in 1980.
Scott Wallick '73: At the time, he was the only Miami athlete to capture two NCAA championships. In 1971, he won the NCAA Indoor Pole Vault titles with a height of 16 feet, eight inches. The following year, he shared co-championship honors with a height of 17-1 ¼. He received All-America recognition both years. His sophomore year, he also established a Madison Square Garden record with a leap of 17-1 ¼ in winning the Olympic Invitational. He captured the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Pole Vault championship his junior year. He also cleared his top collegiate height of 17-4 ¼ in winning the Mason-Dixon Games in 1972. A four-year letterman in track as a pole vaulter and hurdler, he served as captain his senior year. A physics major at Miami, he earned his Ph.D. in pulp and paper from the University of Washington.