OXFORD, Ohio - The culmination of an eight-year, $1-million-plus project concludes Saturday morning (Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m.) at Miami University's Cradle of Coaches Plaza with the unveiling of a ninth and final statue, that of the legendary Paul Brown.
Mr. Brown's widow, Mary, will assist in unveiling her husband's statue. The general public is invited to attend the ceremony. Admission is free.
On Friday evening (Sept. 21), Mr. Brown will be honored, as will new Cradle of Coaches Association inductees Randy Ayers '78, Thad Matta, Joe Novak '67, Sandy Pearsall and Sue Ramsey '78,
Inspired by Bob Kurz, who coined the phrase "Cradle of Coaches", a donation for the Plaza was originally presented to the University in 1994 from Kurz and his wife, Marian. Located adjacent to the south end of Yager Stadium, the Plaza is a tribute to the eight Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional coaches of the year and/or been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A generous gift from the family of Thomas P. Van Voorhis, announced August 27, 2009, has helped provide the crowning touches to the Cradle of Coaches Plaza. The $1.0 million gift, provided by Daniel T. Van Voorhis-a grandson of Thomas P. Van Voorhis and a successful businessman-has been used to create nine heroic-scale figures to represent and honor the men at the heart of the Cradle of Coaches tradition.
The statue of Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown '30, longtime coach of the Cleveland Browns (1946-62) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1969-75), will join those of Miami alums Thomas Van Voorhis, Paul Dietzel, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Carm Cozza, Ara Parseghian, John Pont and Earl "Red" Blaik.