Miami University Announces 37th Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Sept. 14, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio--On Saturday, Oct. 15, the 37th Class of the Miami University Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted, bringing the total membership to 193. This year's class, which will be recognized at halftime of the Miami vs. Akron football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, consists of Tom Grant (men's swimming, '82), Bud Haidet (administrator 1968-88, Miami '57), Mike Holcomb (wrestling, '84), Craig Michaelis (men's basketball, '93), Monica Niemann (women's basketball, '95) and Amsden Oliver (men's track and field, '37).
Tom Grant (Men's Swimming, '82) was a nine-time Mid-American Conference champion for Miami from 1978-82, winning six individual crowns and bolstering three championship relays, as Miami earned runner-up team finishes all four years. Grant dominated the 50-yard freestyle, seizing four MAC titles in the event (1978, '79, '81, '82) and setting a then-MAC record with a time of 20.46 in 1982, which stood as a Miami record until 1999. He was the first MAC swimmer to win the event four years and remains one of only two MAC swimmers to dominate the 50 freestyle all four years. In 1979 and `81, Grant also captured individual MAC crowns in the 100-yard freestyle, and set a then-MAC record in the event with a time of 45.61 in 1981. He also propelled Miami to MAC titles in the 400 freestyle relay in 1981 and '82, anchoring the relay in '81 and leading it off in '82, and the 400 medley relay in 1982.
Bud Haidet (Administrator 1968-88; Miami `57) spent 20 years within the Miami University Athletics Department as the director for ticketing, marketing and sales. He was promoted to assistant athletic director for ticketing, marketing and sales in 1984 before being hired as the director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 1, 1988. Haidet spearheaded UWM's move from NAIA Division II to NCAA Division I and from independent status to membership in two athletic conferences. UWM has captured the Horizon League All-Sports Trophy three of the past five years, while numerous teams have earned annual berths into the NCAA Tournaments. Over the past five years, the Panthers have captured 34 Horizon League Championships. UWM also had a league-best 75 student-athletes named to the conference honor roll in 2004-05. Haidet earned his bachelor's degree from Miami in 1957 and his master's degree in 1962.
Mike Holcomb (Wrestling, '84) produced the best finish at an NCAA Championship by any Miami wrestler when he placed third at the 1984 NCAA Championships and catapulted Miami to its only top-20 team finish. Holcomb was a two-time MAC Heavyweight Champion, claiming the title as a sophomore in 1982 and as a senior in 1984. His MAC title in 1984 spearheaded Miami to its first MAC Championship in nearly 20 years, while propelling him to MAC Wrestler of the Year and MAC Outstanding Championship Meet Wrestler plaudits. Following his senior campaign, Holcomb also was named Miami's Male Athlete of the Year, becoming just one of two wrestlers to garner the award. He earned All-America honors twice by finishing third (1984) and fifth (1982) at the NCAA Championships. He ended his career as Miami's all-time winningest wrestler with 111 wins.
Craig Michaelis (Men's Basketball, '93) truly defined the phrase student-athlete. Michaelis is MAC men's basketball's only three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning first-team distinction in 1993. Boasting a 4.0 grade-point average during his Miami career, Michaelis is one of just six players in MAC history and the program's only First-Team Academic All-American. Michaelis was the 1990 MAC Freshman of the Year and a Basketball Times Fifth-Team Freshman All-American. He earned honorable mention All-MAC honors in 1991 and `93. Michaelis ranks among Miami career leaders in four categories: 3-point field goal percentage (2nd), minutes played (5th) and games started (t-5th) and games played (t-5th), while owning Miami's single-game 3-point shooting percentage record (6-for-6; 1.000). A four-year starter, Michaelis helped Miami to MAC regular-season and tournament titles and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1992 and a MAC Co-Championship and NIT berth in 1993. Amassing 1,256 career points, Michaelis ranks 14th among Miami's all-time leading scorers.
Monica Niemann (Women's Basektball '95) was a dominant presence in the Miami women's basketball frontcourt from 1991-95, earning four varsity letters and capturing all-MAC plaudits three times during her career. She earned First-Team All-MAC honors as a senior and went on to be named Miami's Female Athlete of the Year and the Leann Davidge Memorial Award winner, which is regarded as Miami's highest honor for a female student-athlete. The Davidge Award is presented to an upperclass female student-athlete who excels in athletics, academics and leadership. Upon completing her impressive career in 1995 by leading Miami to a MAC Championship game appearance and earning MAC All-Tournament honors for the second time in her career, Niemann was Miami's career record holder for points (1,608), rebounds (923), free throws made (450) and double-doubles (35). Her records for rebounds, free throws and double-doubles continue to serve as Miami's career standards. During the Cincinnati native's four seasons, Miami compiled a 68-44 record and advanced to the MAC Semifinals or beyond twice.
Amsden Oliver (Men's Track and Field, '37), who is being inducted posthumously, was the first African-American from Miami University to become an NCAA All-American after finishing second in the 120-yard high hurdles and 220-yard low hurdles at the 1934 NCAA Championships and helping Miami to a ninth-place team finish. He also became the first Miami runner to place at the NCAA meet in the hurdles. During his freshman campaign, he set Miami freshman records in the 440-yard dash, the 120-yard high hurdles and the 220-yard low hurdles. He lettered in track and field from 1934-36 and helped Miami to Buckeye Conference Championships in 1934 and `36. Oliver also went on to set meet records in the hurdles at the 1934 Central Intercollegiate Meet in Milwaukee, Wisc., and advanced to the NCAA meet with that performance.
An induction brunch will take place at Miami University's Shriver Center Heritage Room on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. For information on tickets to the brunch, please call 513-529-1662.