Monique Abbitt `91: A standout outfielder on the Miami softball diamond from 1988-91, Monique Abbitt remains a powerful presence in Miami's record books. Abbitt owned four Miami career records--at bats (660), hits (216), doubles (36) and triples (15)--and also ranked second in runs scored (109), third in batting average (.327), tied for third in stolen bases (40) and ranked fourth in home runs (13) and runs batted in (70). During her career, Abbitt also placed her named on eight single-season charts and is the single-season record holder for hits (74 in 1991) and triples (6 in 1991). As a junior in 1990, she helped Miami to a program record 36 wins, the first 30-win season for the Red and White, and followed with a 34-win season as a senior in 1991, marking the only time in program history with back-to-back 30-win seasons. Twice she was honored as an All-Mid-American Conference selection, earning second-team honors in 1990 and 1991. Abbitt also was a standout in the classroom, garnering Academic All-MAC accolades three times and being tabbed a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1991, the only Miami softball player at the time to earn Academic All-America recognition.
Virgil Alston `44: Virgil Alston was a three-time All-American for Miami from 1940-43. Twice he earned All-America status in cross country, placing fourth at the NCAA Championships in 1941 and 14th in 1942. Alston went on to capture his third All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the two-mile run at the 1943 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. During his Miami career, he posted first-place finishes in dual-meet action 24 times, while placing second twice. As a junior, he went undefeated in dual cross country meets and led Miami to an Ohio AAU Cross Country title with a second-place individual finish--second only to NCAA and American Champion Gil Dodds. Later that year, he set a Miami record in the mile run at the Ohio Wesleyan dual meet. The following year, Alston won the Ohio AAU Cross Country Meet, National AAU 10,000 Meter Run, the two-mile run at the Ohio AAU and was second at the Central Collegiate Meet in the two-mile run and at the Ohio AAU in the one-mile run. Alston earned six letters at Miami as a three-year letterwinner in cross country (1940-42) and three-year letterwinner in track and field (1941-43).
Dan Creech `97: One of the most prolific players in Miami men's soccer history, Dan Creech became the first men's soccer player to join the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame. Creech, a dominant forward for the Red and White from 1991-94, was a three-time First-Team All-MAC, All-Ohio and NSCAA Mideast Region selection (1991, 1993, 1994). Spearheading Miami to its only Mid-American Conference Championship, MAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth, Creech was named the 1994 MAC Player of the Year and the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Player of the Year. Miami went 15-5-1 in 1994, the most wins in program history, and posted an undefeated 4-0-1 record in league play as he led the MAC in points (45) and goals (21). His 21 goals were a MAC record and are still currently ranked, while his 45 points also were a MAC record and still rank among MAC single-season leaders. He finished his career as the MAC's all-time leader in goals scored (41), which ranked second, and points (91), which ranked fourth among MAC career leaders. Creech is the Miami single-season and career record holder for goals and points.
Fritz Heisler '38: Fritz Heisler was an All-Ohio guard for the Miami football team, lettering from 1935-37. Despite his slight 155-pound frame, Heisler did not let his undersized build at the guard position hinder his productivity on the gridiron, becoming a fixture in the Miami lineup. He carried his success at Miami into his career. Noted as a technician when it came to developing offensive linemen, Heisler spent 30 years as a coach at the high school, college and professional ranks. Legendary football coach and Miami Hall of Famer Paul Brown hired him on the Ohio State staff in 1941, before military duty interrupted his coaching career from 1942-46. Brown moved to the professional ranks during that time and brought Heisler on board as the offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns upon his return from military service, and Heisler spent the next 25 years as a coach for the Browns and an additional five years as a talent scout for the organization.
Dan Kodatsky '82: Part of the Miami ice hockey program at its inception as an intercollegiate sport, Dan Kodatsky helped the Red and White build a solid foundation for future teams to build upon. Kodatsky, a stellar Miami goaltender from 1978-82, remains ranked among Miami's career top 10 in games played, goals-against average, minutes played, save percentage and saves. Sporting a 3.81 career goals-against average, Kodatsky, who ranked ninth in the category, was the career record holder until 1994. For more than a decade, until 1995, he also was the career record holder in save percentage (.866), then ranked fifth on the list. Noted as a pillar of strength in Miami's defense throughout his career, Kodatsky was named the team's co-Rookie of the Year in 1978-79 and was tabbed the team's MVP the following year. In his final season with the Red and White, Kodatsky helped Miami transition into its first season in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Kodatsky, who was a two-sport athlete, was a four-year letterwinner in ice hockey and also earned a letter in golf (1979).
Kathy (Kiernan) Pownall `85: Selected as a Mitchell & Ness All-American in 1984, Kathy (Kiernan) Pownall remains one of the only Miami field hockey players to garner All-America honors. Kiernan, a tenacious forward for the Red and White from 1981-84, spearheaded Miami to a first-place Mid-American Conference tie in 1981 and a first-place finish in 1982 as Miami compiled a combined 14-2 MAC record during its first two seasons of MAC play. Over Miami's first four years of MAC competition, Kiernan helped the Red and White to an impressive 23-6 (.793) record, while posting a combined overall record of 52-22-3 during her career. As a junior in 1983, she was named First-Team All-MAC. The following year Kiernan earned Mitchell & Ness All-Region honors en route to being named an All-American. In 1983, she established a Miami standard for points in a season (57) and has two single-season point totals among the top points in Miami history. Kiernan also ranked second and sixth in goals in a season during her career. She remains ranked behind Miami Hall of Famer Elli Workum, for career goals (65) and points (142), totals that were not even challenged until the late 1990s.
Jennifer (Shea) Vallo '87: A 12-time Mid-American Conference Champion, Jennifer (Shea) Vallo was a vital component of a dominant era in Miami women's swimming history. A freestyle specialist for the Red and White from 1984-87, Shea was a member of four Mid-American Conference Championship teams during a seven-year run of MAC women's swimming and diving crowns for Miami, which is tied as the longest title run by a MAC women's swimming and diving program in conference history. As a freshman in 1984, Shea captured MAC individual titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and was a part of the MAC Champion 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays. The following year, she repeated as the MAC Champion in the 200-yard freestyle and added MAC titles as part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. In 1986, she claimed the MAC title in the 100-yard freestyle and also swam on the MAC Champion 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays. Shea capped her career with a MAC title in the 400-yard freestyle relay as a senior. During her Miami career, she set varsity records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles. In addition to her accomplishments in the pool, Shea was named to the Academic All-MAC Team in 1987.