1978 Hall of Fame Members
Vernon Cheadle '32: Cheadle lettered three years in track and scored a total of 128½ points in the shot put and discus. He broke the Buckeye Conference record in the discus in 1932 with a toss of 132-87/8. He earned three letters as a guard in basketball and was a reserve center in football for one year. He was honored as the "M-Man of the Year" in 1976. A 1932 graduate of Miami, Cheadle is a noted botanist with the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and honorary LL.D. degrees from Rhode Island and Miami. He served as Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1962 until his retirement in June of 1977. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.
Darrell Hedric '55: A 1955 Miami graduate, Hedric has enjoyed close to a 50-year association with the university. As a four-year letterwinner, he played on three MAC championship team under Bill Rohr and served as co-captain his senior year. Following graduation, Hedric played in the National Industrial Basketball League with the Goodyear Wingfoots of Akron and then spent a two-year stint in the Navy. He then returned for graduate work at Miami and served as a graduate assistant coach under former Miami coach and athletic director Richard Shrider during the 1957-58 season. After stints as a junior high and high school coach, Hedric returned to Miami as the Redskins' first full-time assistant coach in 1960. He held that position under Shrider and later Tates Locke before taking over as head coach in 1970. During his 14 years as head coach, Hedric won more games (216) than any other basketball coach in Miami history. His 216 wins are the third-most in Mid-American Conference history, and his .579 winning percentage (216-157) ranks No. 7 on the all-time MAC list among those who have coached at least five years. Hedric led Miami to five MAC regular-season championships, one MAC postseason tournament title and four NCAA Tournament appearances. He is one of only three coaches in MAC history to be named league Coach of the Year three times (1971,1973,1984). One of his greatest moments in coaching was Miami' stunning 84-81 overtime win over defending national champion Marquette in the first round of the 1978 NCAA Tournament at Indianapolis. Hedric also recruited former all-American and current Chicago Bulls' starter Ron Harper to Miami in 1982. In 1984, after leading the Redskins to both the regular-season and MAC Tournament championships, a school-record 24 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, Hedric resigned as basketball coach and became associate athletic director under Shrider. Hedric also served as an associate A.D. under R.C. Johnson, and served as interim athletic director for nearly a year following Johnson's departure in May of 1994. A native of Franklin, Ohio, Hedric was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, and is also a member of the Franklin and Butler County Halls of Fame. Hedric is in his 15th year with the Cleveland Cavaliers and in his fourth years as the Cavs Head Scout. Hedric supervises the Cavs scouting system, which includes the NBA, college and all other scouting venues. Hedric is also responsible for evaluating talent.
Ray Mears '49: Mears lettered two years as a forward at Miami, but has made his basketball reputation as a coach. He guided Wittenberg to a six-year record of 121-23. His 1961 team captured the NCAA college division national title and for four straight years posted the best defensive average in the country. Along with his years with the Vols, Mears won three Southeastern Conference titles. Since taking over at Tennessee in 1962, Mears has posted a record of 278-112. He had led Tennessee to three Southeastern Conference titles and seven post-season tournaments. His 21-year coaching record of 399-135 stands for a winning percentage of .747. In 1996 Mears was awarded the Hillyard Golden Anniversary Award for 50 years of service, by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Besides coining the phrase, "Big Orange Country", Mears was given the name, "Barnum of Basketball". After retiring from coaching in 1977, Mears soon returned to Tennessee to become the athletic director in 1980. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1978.
Raymond Ray '38: Ray became Miami's first swimming coach and from 1952-74 guided the Redskins to a record of 148-89-2 and three MAC championships. During his 22 years of coaching Miami swimmers he turned out one Olympic Gold Medal winner, Bill Mulliken, five All-Americans and 88 MAC champions. He was instrumental in Miami hosting the 1955 NCAA Swimming Championships at Billings Natatorium. He spent a dozen years as the first swimming coach at Fenn College (now Cleveland State) before coming to Miami. Prior to his retirement to Florida, Ray received the "Distinguished Coach" award presented by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1978.
Edward Sauer '20: Sauer was called the "best tackle I ever had" by his coach George Rider as he earned three letters and captained the 1919 football team. He helped Miami post a three-year record of 18-1-3 and outscore its opponents 202-0 in 1917. Selected all-Ohio for three years, he played professional football with the Dayton Triangles following graduation in 1920. He also earned a letter as a shot putter in track. Sauer served as a football referee in both high school and the National Football League. He retired in Dayton. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1978.