Howard Brinker '39: Howard Brinker earned three letters as a center from 1935-37 and helped Miami share the Buckeye Conference title with a 7-1-1 record his junior year under coach Frank Wilton. A native of Canal Fulton, Ohio, he began his association with Miami Athletic Hall of Famer Paul Brown while playing for him at Washington High School in Massillon and served as an assistant coach under Brown with both the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. Following graduation from Miami in 1939, Brinker served as an assistant coach under Miami Hall of Famer Mel Knowlton at both Edmund Jones Junior High in Massillon and Steubenville High. He took over as head coach in football at Steubenville in 1941 and following three years in military service returned as head coach from 1946-48. From 1949-51, he served as line coach at Ohio University. In 1952, he joined the Cleveland Browns and remained with the organization under coaches Brown, Blanton Collier and Nick Skorich until 1973 as defensive coordinator. He joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 1974 and served as defensive coordinator under coaches Brown, Bill Johnson and Homer Rice until 1979.
Ted Downing '68: Ted Downing, a native of Evanston, Ill., became the first collegiate high jumper in Ohio to clear seven feet and he did that 15 times beginning with the NCAA Indoor Championship that he won in 1967 through the Olympic Trials at Lake Tahoe in 1968. In both 1967 and 1968, Downing captured the high jump title at the MAC Championships and Penn Relays. He also won the International Meet of Champions in Winnipeg, Canada in 1967. he twice earned All-America honors by winning the NCAA Indoor title in 1967 with a jump of 7-1/4 and placed third in 1968. Downing was selected as Miami's Athlete of the Year for 1967-68.
Joe Galat '62: Galat, a standout football player and wrestler at Thomas Harvey High School in Painesville, O., continued his athletic career at Miami by earning three letters each in football and wrestling from 1959-61. He was selected as Miami's Outstanding Senior Athlete. However, Galat is best known around Miami for his six seasons coaching the Redskins' wrestling teams to a record of 53-18-1 and four MAC championships in 1964, 1965, a1967 and 1968. He coached a total of 18 individual MAC champions. He was selected MAC Coach of the Year twice and finished second in balloting for national Rookie Coach of the Year honors during the 1963-64 season. In addition to his wrestling duties, Galat also served as an assistant football coach under Bo Schembechler for four years. After leaving Miami, he served as an assistant football coach at Yale, Kentucky, Memphis Southmen, Youngstown, New York Giants, Montreal Allouettes and is now with the Houston Oilers. His head coaches with Miami ties have included Carmen Cozza, John McVay, Bill Narduzzi and Eddie Biles.
Sherman Smith '76: Smith earned four letters as a quarterback and helped Miami compile a four-year record of 39-4-1, including three MAC championships and three Tangerine Bowl titles over Florida, Georgia and South Carolina from 1972-75. At the time, he ranked third on Miami's all-time total offense list with 3,200 yards. Smith gained 2,187 yards in 503 carries and scored 12 touchdowns and completed 95 of 224 passes for 1,013 yards and nine touchdowns. He gained first-team all-MAC honors his senior year. Smith played in the American Bowl in Tampa, Fla., following his senior year and was selected in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks.
George Vossler '30: Vossler, an all-Ohio fullback and a champion in the shot put, was an outstanding athlete for Miami from 1927-30. A 205-pound fullback from Franklin, Ohio, he was a "triple-threat" football player as he could also pass and kick the ball. Selected all-Ohio two years, one of his best games came against Denison in 1929 when he rushed for more than 200 yards and scored three touchdowns. In track, he captured three Buckeye Conference shot put titles, setting a record with his best career performance of 47 feet, six inches his senior year. He also qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 1929. In addition, he threw the discus and the javelin for the "Big Red." During his career, he was coached and played with such Miami Athletic Hall of Famers as George Rider, Chester Pittser, Paul Brown, Jim Gordon, Wilbur Cartwright, Vern Cheadle and Charles Shugert.