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The Cradle of Coaches is a nickname given to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for producing star football coaches including Earl Blaik, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Bill Arnsparger, George Little, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, John Pont, Carmen Cozza, Bill Mallory, Jim Tressel, Joe Novak, Ron Zook, Dick Crum, Paul Dietzel, William Narduzzi, Randy Walker, John Harbaugh, Gary Moeller, Larry Smith, Dick Tomey, Sean Payton and Terry Hoeppner.

Miami fields a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision program in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Miami started playing football in 1888 but did not have a paid coach until C. K. Fauver in 1895.

Miami has also produced notable basketball coaches Darrell Hedric, Randy Ayers, Herb Sendek, Thad Matta and Sean Miller. Hedric, currently a scout for the Toronto Raptors, is an Ohio and Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Famer and holds the record for Miami victories. Ayers was a four-year starter for Miami, leading the team to back-to-back NCAA appearances in 1977 and 1978, and later served as a head coach for Ohio State and assistant coach in the National Basketball Association. Sendek began his head coaching career at Miami and led the RedHawks to the postseason in each of his three seasons. Matta, currently the head coach at Ohio State, was an assistant under Sendek for one memorable year that included a regular season MAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance, and also for one year under current head coach Charlie Coles.

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Walter Alston is also a graduate of Miami. Additionally, current University of Denver head hockey coach George Gwozdecky served as head coach at Miami prior to leaving for Denver.

Official members of "The Cradle"

Induction Year Name Sport - Current Coaching Position Miami University Class of
1992 Weeb Ewbank * Basketball 1928
1992 Bob Kurz † Football 1958
1992 Bill Narduzzi Football 1959
1992 John Pont Football 1952
1993 Paul Brown Football 1930
1993 Mel Knowlton Football 1937
1993 Ara Parseghian Football 1949
1994 Bill Arnsparger Football 1950
1994 Paul Dietzel Football 1948
1994 Jack Llewellyn
1995 Jack Faulkner Football
1995 Joe Codiano Football
1995 Bill Mallory Football 1957
1996 John Brickels Football
1996 Hal Paul
1996 Dick Shrider Basketball
1997 Jerry Hanlon Football
1997 John McVay Football
1997 Frank Shands
1998 Carmen Cozza 1952
1998 Marvin Morehead
1998 Ernie Plank Football 1950
2001 Dick Crum Football
2001 Darrell Hedric Basketball 1955
2001 Lou Kaczmarek Football 1950
2001 Rich Voiers Basketball 1957
2001 Walter "Smokey" Alston Baseball 1935
2001 Earl "Red" Blaik Football 1918
2001 Leann Davidge Tennis
2001 Woody Hayes Football
2001 Raymond Ray
2001 George Rider Cross Country ‡
2001 William (Bill) Rohr Basketball
2002 Peggy Bradley-Doppes Volleyball - UNC Wilmington Director of Athletics
2002 Denny Marcin Football - NY Jets 1964
2002 Nick Mourouzis Football - DePauw 1959
2002 Jim Rose Basketball 1951
2002 Marvin McCollum Basketball 1948
2002 Ron Zook Football - Illinois 1976
2006 George Gwozdecky Hockey - Denver

* Weeb Ewbank played football, basketball and baseball at Miami, and coached the basketball team before becoming an established football coach.
† Bob Kurz wrote "Miami of Ohio - the Cradle of Coaches" book
‡ George Rider coached 5 sports at Miami: football, basketball, baseball, track, and most notably cross country

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