Archie Aldridge '78: A 1978 Miami graduate, Aldridge ranked third on Miami's all-time scoring list with 1,486 points. He was the holder of two Miami records for field goals percentage with .608 during the 1977-78 season and .571 for his career from 1975-77. Selected Miami's Athlete of the Year for 1977-78, he was a member of the Redskin team that upset defending national champion Marquette in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. He and his teammates will never forget the three days they stayed in Vandalia, Ohio, during the "Blizzard of 1978." A three-year letterman, he was selected to the All-Mid-American Conference second team in 1975-76 and to the first team twice in 1976-77 and 1977-78. Coached by Miami Hall of Famer Darrell Hedric, he helped lead the Redskins to a MAC championship and a three-year record of 57-23. A native of Middletown, he is also a member of the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.
William Beck: Dr. Beck served as Miami's team physician from 1940 through 1975. a 1938 graduate of medical school at Ohio State, he came to Oxford "temporarily" in 1940 awaiting an appointment to the Mayo Clinic, or going into the Air Corp as a flight surgeon. Within two years, Miami became a center for V-5 and V-12 officers' training. He became friends with Miami's trainer Jay Colville and was asked to help as team physician with football, basketball and track. "I could tell stories by the hour about great and interesting people- coaches, players, etc., with whom I worked- memorable, nostalgic and at times trying, but never boring," Beck remarked. "I will never forget the Sun Bowl football game in 1948 when Ara Parseghian separated his shoulder, Doc Urich had four teeth knocked out and Wayne Gibson suffered a broken leg. Jay and I had only an ether can for an anesthetic. As for the coaches I worked with- Woody Hayes was impossible and Ara and John Pont were the most fun," recalled Beck. A native of Napoleon, Ohio, he served the Oxford community as a physician.
Robert Howard: Howard, Director Emeritus, Office of Public Information, began his association with Miami in 1947. As Assistant Director of the News Bureau, he handled the duties of Sports Information Director from 1947-56. After assuming the duties of News Bureau Director, he helped Miami athletic directors John Brickels and Richard Shrider jointly recruit SIDs. Following 31 years of publicizing Miami University, he retired in 1978. Remaining in Oxford, he continued to work with Miami and the athletic department as a historian. He helped with the tape recording of many members of the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame. A graduate of DePauw '37, he has continued to be active with the Beta Theta Pi international fraternity and served as editor of its magazine form 1955-63. He has been president and board member of both the Kiwanis Club of Oxford and the Oxford Museum Association. In 1978, he was honored as the Oxford Citizen of the Year.
Tom Jones '55: Jones, a 1955 Miami graduate, captured the NCAA shot put championship in 1954 and finished runner-up in 1955. He won the Mid-American Conference shot put title in 1953, 1954 and 1955 and the discus championship in 1954 and 1955. He also won the all-Ohio titles in the shot put three times and discus, twice. His toss of 59 feet, one inch in the shot put was the second best in NCAA history at the time. In the discus his best distance was 157-6 ½. A member of Miami's MAC championship football team in 1954, he was selected All-MAC defensive tackle in 1952, 1953 and 1954. During his two-sport career, he was coached by two charter members of Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in George Rider and Ara Parseghian.
Mary Ann Myers '82: Myers, a 1982 Miami graduate, was the only female athlete in Miami University history to have her jersey number 20 retired at that time. She is the all-time scoring leader for women's basketball at Miami with 1,600 points from 1979-82. In Miami's record book, she is still the leader with nine steals in three different games and holds four season records with 523 points, 130 steals, 136 free throws made and 185 free throws attempted. She ranked second on Miami's career list in steals with 336. Honors include being selected to Kodak's All-Region 5 team; first-team All-Mid-American Conference, twice; All-OIBCA (Ohio Intercollegiate Basketball Coaches Association of Intercollegiate Sports for Women), four times. She was voted Miami's Female Athletic of the Year for 1981-82. After serving as an assistant basketball coach at Miami in 1983-84, she became the athletic director for women and the women's head basketball coach at Ashland College in Ohio. She also served as the head women's basketball coach at UNC-Ashville in North Carolina.
Richard Shrider: Shrider served 32 years at Miami University - nine as head basketball coach from 1957-66 and 25 as Athletic Director from 1964-88. Through his leadership, Miami and the Mid-American Conference remain in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He served on the NCAA Council form 1981-85 and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 1981-87. He helped in the planning of Millett Hall and the Athletic Complex that includes Yager Stadium. Under his guidance, Miami's intercollegiate athletic program expanded to 11 sports for men and eight for women. He helped lead the Redskins to 16 Reese Cups, including 14 in the last 16 years, and one Jacoby Cup - symbols of athletic excellence in the MAC. His basketball teams compiled a record of 126 victories and 96 defeats. He helped guide his teams to four MAC championships and a league record of 76-34, which included a winning mark over every other team. He founded Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969 and was a member of the 21st class to be inducted. He was also a member of Ohio University's Athletic Hall of Fame and the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.