John Brickels: John Brickels joined the Miami staff in 1949 as an assistant football coach and head basketball coach for two seasons (1949-50) and 1950-51). From 1950 until his death in 1964, Brickels also served as Athletic Director. He helped the Mid-American Conference gain "major" recognition in football by scheduling Big 10 teams for Miami to play. As athletic Director he was responsible for hiring Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Bo Schembechler in football and Bill Rohr and Dick Shrider in basketball. A 1930 graduate of Wittenberg, where he gained all-Ohio recognition in football, Brickels began his coaching career at New Philadelphia High School (1930-38). He was assistant football coach and basketball coach for two years and head football coach for six years. During one stretch, his football teams won 36 of 40 games. Leaving the state of Ohio for West Virginia, he coached Huntington High School's basketball teams from 1938-44. His teams reached the state tournament four times, played in the finals twice and won the title in 1944. He also had state champions in football and track. Brickels was head basketball coach at West Virginia University during the 1944-45 season and guided the Mountaineers to an appearance in the NIT. Prior to coming to Miami, Brickels helped Paul Brown organize the Cleveland Browns. From 1945 until 1949 he served as backfield coach and chief scout.
Paul Dietzel '48: Paul Dietzel arrived on the Miami campus in 1946 and was made captain of the football team. Playing both offensively and defensively at center, he helped Miami compile a two-year record of 16 wins, three defeats and one tie. Included in the record was a victory over Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl in 1947. He was selected to three All-America teams and voted first team all-MAC and all-Ohio in 1947. A member of Miami's all-time "Gridiron Greats," Dietzel served as president of Omicron Delta Kappa before graduating in 1948. For 16 years he had served as head football coach at LSU (1955-61), Army (1962-65) and South Carolina (1966- 74). He had also served as Athletic Director at South Carolina for five years. In 1958 he guided LSU to the national championship and was selected Coach of the Year. While at LSU his teams won two Southeastern Conference titles and appeared in the Sugar Bowl twice and the Orange Bowl once. He has won one Atlantic Coast Conference title at South Carolina and participated in the Peach Bowl. He has also coached in the Blue-Gray Classic, Hula Bowl, North-South and East-West Shrine games. Dietzel is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association and was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971.
Bill Muliken '61: Bill Mulliken became Miami's first NCAA and Olympic swimming champion and established at least 15 records during his career before graduating in 1961. The highlight of his career came in 1960 when he won the Gold Medal in the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. He swam the 200-meter breaststroke in the record time of 2:37.2. In 1959 he captured the 200-meter breaststroke in the Pan American Games and the AAU indoor 200-yard breaststroke in 1960. He also established an American and NCAA record during his career with a time of 2:21.3 in the 200-yard breaststroke in the NCAA Swimming Championships in 1959. In three years of Mid-American Conference Championship competition, he won nine individual titles and set four records. He won two titles each in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard freestyle events. His other three championships came in the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and 1,500-meter freestyle events. Mulliken's swimming prowess earned him All-America recognition four times. He went on to Harvard where he earned a law degree. He was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971.
Mel Olix '50: Mel Olix earned four letters as a quarterback for Miami from 1946-49. He helped the Redskins compile a record of 28 wins, eight defeats and two ties. As a sophomore he led Miami to an undefeated season and a win over Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl. He completed 71 of 133 passes for 1, 081 yards and eight touchdowns. In 1948 he helped lead Miami to its first Mid-American Conference football championship. He threw a dozen touchdown passes his junior year stetting the record in 1948 until 1977, and was ranked 7th in season stats. His career totals included 197 pass completions, ranking 10, in 409 attempts, ranking eight, for 3,035 yards, ranking sixth, and 29 touchdowns, tied ranking fourth. He was selected all-Ohio and all-MAC for three consecutive years. He also made honorable mention All-America. At the end of his senior year he participated in the Blue-Gray Classic. Selected as one of Miami's all time Gridiron Greats, Olix was teammates with Ara Paraseghian, John Pont and Paul Dietzel all members of the Hall of Fame. He went on to University of Cincinnati Medical School for his M.D. and Ohio State Grad School for his M.M.Sc., eventually to become an orthopedic surgeon.