Miami University Alumni on 50 Greatest Coaches List
Aug. 5, 2009
Miami University, known world-wide as the "Cradle of Coaches," contributed four alumni to Sporting News Magazine's 50 Greatest Coaches, dominating all other universities.
PAUL BROWN (`30) was named as the 12th greatest coach of all time by The Sporting News (TSN). Miamians WALTER ALSTON (`35) and BO SCHEMBECHLER (`51) ranked 35th and 36th on the list, while ARA PARSEGHIAN (`49) was selected as sports' 44th greatest coach.
A fifth man with Miami ties, WOODY HAYES, ranked 27th on TSN's list. Hayes served as Miami's football coach from 1949-50.
The August 3 publication asked a panel of 118 top coaches, media and sports administrators to choose the Top 50 list.
Altogether, only four universities contributed more than one alumnus to the list. Miami's four alumni topped Alabama (Paul "Bear" Bryant and Bobby Bowden), Minnesota (Bud Wilkinson and Herb Brooks) and Kansas (Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp), which each had two alums ranked among the Top 50. Purdue graduate John Wooden, the famed "Wizard of Westwood", was ranked as the No. 1 coach of all time.
The Sporting News Top 50 Coaches of All Time
1. John Wooden (Purdue)
2. Vince Lombardi (Fordham)
3. Paul Bryant (Alabama)
4. Phil Jackson (North Dakota)
5. Don Shula (John Carroll)
6. Red Auerbach (George Washington)
7. Scotty Bowman (did not attend college)
8. Dean Smith (Kansas)
9. Casey Stengel (did not attend college)
10. Knute Rockne (Notre Dame)
11. Pat Summitt (Tennessee-Martin)
12. Paul Brown (Miami)
13. Joe Paterno (Brown)
14. George Halas (Illinois)
15. Chuck Noll (Dayton)
16. Bob Knight (Ohio State)
17. Joe Gibbs (San Diego State)
18. Tom Landry (Texas)
19. Mike Krzyzewski (U.S. Military Academy)
20. Bill Belichick (Wesleyan University)
21. Adolph Rupp (Kansas)
22. Joe McCarthy (Niagara)
23. Eddie Robinson (Leland College)
24. Bobby Bowden (Alabama)
25. John McGraw (did not attend college)
26. Bill Walsh (San Jose State)
27. Woody Hayes (Denison University)
28. Connie Mack (did not attend college)
29. Bud Wilkinson (Minnesota)
30. Pat Riley (Kentucky) 3
1. Pete Newell (Loyola, Calif. University)
32. Joe Torre (did not attend college)
33. Bill Parcells (Wichita State)
34. Tom Osborne (Hastings College)
35. Walter Alston (Miami)
36. Bo Schembechler (Miami)
37. Toe Blake (did not attend college)
38. Sparky Anderson (did not attend college)
39. Al Arbour (did not attend college)
40. Amos Alonzo Stagg (Yale University)
41. Tony La Russa (South Florida)
42. Geno Auriemma (West Chester University)
43. Dick Irvin (did not attend college)
44. Ara Parseghian (Miami)
45. Chuck Daly (Bloomsburg University)
46. Bobby Cox (did not attend college)
47. Hank Iba (Westminster College)
48. Tommy Lasorda (did not attend college)
49. Gregg Popovich (U.S. Air Force Academy)
50. Herb Brooks (Minnesota)
PAUL BROWN: An Ohio native who was a two-year football letter winner (1928-29), Brown is a member of Miami's "Cradle of Coaches" and excelled as a coach at the collegiate and professional levels. Brown was head coach at Ohio State (1941-43) and led the Buckeyes to their first national title in 1942. Brown then served as head coach at the professional level with the Cleveland Browns (1946-62) and Cincinnati Bengals (1968-75), winning championships in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. Brown was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, and the current home stadium of the Bengals bears his name.
WALTER ALSTON: Always displaying a calm, professional demeanor, the unflappable Alston managed the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for 23 seasons (1954-76), winning seven National League pennants and four World Series championships. His squads would win 2,040 games during his tenure, the seventh-highest win total among major league managers. He helped to establish a "Dodger Way," which many of his former players later used to become successful managers themselves.
BO SCHEMBECHLER: A member of Miami's "Cradle of Coaches" and the College Football Hall of Fame, Schembechler was a two-year letter winner (1949-50) and head coach (1963-68) with the Red and White. During his six seasons as head coach, Schembechler led Miami to a 40-17-3 record and back-to-back conference co-championships (1965-66). Schembechler then became the head coach at the University of Michigan (1969-89) and led the Wolverines to 13 Big Ten titles.
ARA PARSEGHIAN: A member of Miami's "Cradle of Coaches" and the College Football Hall of Fame, Parseghian was a football letter winner (1946-47) before moving to the sidelines as an assistant coach (1950) and head coach (1951-55). During his five seasons as Miami's head coach, Parseghian compiled a 39-6-1 record and won back-to-back Mid-American Conference Championships (1954-55). Parseghian went on to coach at Northwestern (1956-63) and Notre Dame (1964-74) where he was named National Coach of the Year in 1964.