Rob Carpenter '77: Rob Carpenter spent his first four years with the Houston Oilers and was selected to the all-NFL Rookie Team his first year. He was traded to the New York Giants in 1981 and ranked eighth on their all-time rushing list prior to spending his final season with the Los Angeles Rams. In nine years in the NFL, he gained more than 4,300 rushing yards. A three-year letterman at Miami as a running back from 1974-76, Carpenter played on two Mid-American Conference championship teams in 1974 and 1975. he was voted the "Outstanding Offensive Player" in both Tangerine Bowl games as Miami defeated Georgia and South Carolina. His junior and senior years he was selected first team all-MAC and received All-America honorable mention. At the time, Carpenter was one of only three Miami players to rush for 1,000 or more yards in two seasons. He gained 1.022 yards as a junior and followed with 1.064 yards in 1976. Bob Hitchens and George Swarn are the only other Redskins of that time to have accomplished that feat. He ranked fifth on Miami's career list with 2,789 rushing yards and 168 points scored. Carpenter was voted the "Outstanding Offensive Player" in the East-West Shrine Game in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1977. Following graduation, he was drafted in the third round by the Houston Oilers.
Fred Foster '68: Foster earned three letters as a forward in basketball for Miami from 1965-68. He played on an MAC championship team his first year under coach Dick Shrider and played his last two years for Coach Tates Locke. His junior and senior seasons he was selected to the all-MAC first-team. At the time, he held three Miami single-game records as he made 19 of 25 free throws against Ball State and attempted 36 field goals against Eastern Kentucky. While his 617 points his senior year ranked fourth on Miami's all-time list, his average of 26.8 points in 23 games ranked first. His 43 points against Ball State in 1967 tied him for third-highest in Redskin history at that time. Ron Harper held the single-game scoring mark with 45, followed by Dick Walls, 44, and John Powell, 43. Among Miami's career leaders, Foster ranked third in scoring average (18.8); seventh in free throw percentage (.765); 10th in field goal percentage (.484), and 12th in scoring (1,183) at that time. Following graduation in 1968, Foster played professional basketball for 10 years in the NBA with Cincinnati, Cleveland and Buffalo. He died in 1985.
Charlie Leibrandt '78: Leibrandt earned four letters as a pitcher on Redskin baseball teams from 1975-78 under coach Bud Middaugh, who is a member of Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame. He was selected first team all-MAC and all-District 4 his senior year when he compiled a record of 7-2 and an ERA of 1.65. Among Miami's all-time leaders, he ranked second in strikeouts (252); fourth in innings pitched (286); tied for sixth in games (63) with Gary Wright (also a member of Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame), and eighth in victories (23). Following graduation in 1978, Leibrandt was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and posted a four-year record of 16-17. In 1983, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals and at the time was the second-winningest left-handed pitcher in the American League with a five-year record of 74-55 and an ERA of 3.70. In 1985, Leibrandt posted a record of 17-9 and had the second-lowest ERA in the American League of 2.69. He finished fifth in the balloting for the Cy Young Award. He also helped the Royals capture the American League pennant and played in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.
Bob Shaw '69: Shaw distinguished himself as a championship swimmer from 1966-69. He captured eight individual titles in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle events and was a member of four championship relay teams in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle events. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1967 and 1968 and participated in the Olympic Trials in 1968 in Long Beach, Calif. Shaw was the recipients of the William Mulliken Award as the outstanding freshman swimmer in 1966 and voted the "Outstanding MAC Senior Swimmer" in 1969. A member of two MAC championship teams in 1967 and 1968, Shaw was selected team captain his senior year. His coach was Raymond Ray, who was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978. He returned to his alma mater in 1974 and coached the Redskins to a 10-year record of 77 wins and 36 defeats. Shaw was voted the "Coach of the Year" as the Redskins captured the MAC championship in his first year. His teams also finished second seven times.
Gordon Wilson '30: Wilson earned three letters as a running back from 1924-26 and two as a catcher in baseball from 1926-27 from Miami Athletic Hall of Fame coach Chester Pittser. He served as team captain in football in 1926 and was selected first-team all-Buckeye Conference. He helped Miami's baseball teams compile a record of 24-3 and capture two Buckeye Conference and one Ohio Conference title. Five of Wilson's teammates have already been inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame. They include Weeb Ewbank, Alfred Gansberg, Tom Sharkey, Harry Stryker and Arthur Thatcher. For 38 years, he served on Miami's English faculty until his retirement in 1972. He achieved the rank of full professor in 1960 and became professor emeritus in 1972. Wilson was presented the honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in 1973. He and his wife, Mary, enjoy traveling in their retirement.