During halftime of Saturday’s men’s basketball game, six new inductees to the Cradle of Coaches Association will be honored and later in the day they will be officially inducted in a cermony at the Shriver Center. The Class of 2010-2011 will consist of Jerry Angelo, Elaine Hieber, Dave Jennings, Rob Patrick, Gary Quisno and Pam Wettig.
Miami is known as the Cradle of Coaches due to the large number of persons connected to Miami who have gone on to garner success as head coaches at the professional and collegiate levels. But the Cradle of Coaches Association was established in 1971 to honor those individuals who were especially instrumental in earning Miami its prestigious reputation.
Angelo (Miami ’71) is currently the general manager of the NFL’s Chicago Bears, a position he has held since 2001. During that time, the Bears have won the NFC North Division three times and reached Super Bowl XLI in 2006. This past year they reached the NFC Championship game where they fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Angelo was a three-time letterwinner during his time at Miami (1968-’70), and after one year in Oxford as a graduate assistant, he spent eight seasons coaching at the collegiate level before breaking into the NFL as a scout in 1980 with the Dallas Cowboys.
Hieber helped to establish seven women’s varsity sports and expanded grant-in-aid for female student athletes during her time as associate athletics director at Miami. She was the head coach of Miami’s basketball, volleyball and softball teams in 1975-’75. In 1976 she took over the tennis team and led them to a 43-21 record in four seasons. In 1979 she left Oxford to become associate athletics director at Iowa State, where she remained for 23 years. She was a chair on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee for eight years, and a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee for six. She was inducted into Miami’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and Iowa State’s in 2008.
Jennings is currently in his 29th season as head coach of Miami’s women’s swimming and diving team. During his tenure, the ‘Hawks have won 15 MAC titles. He is a 10-time MAC Coach of the Year. He has coached 197 MAC Individual and Relay champions, 32 NCAA qualifiers, eight Olympic qualifiers and three All-Americans. He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Patrick (Miami ’83) is currently head volleyball coach at Tennessee, where he has been for 14 seasons. He is a two-time national coach of the year (CVU.com in 2004 and VBall Magazine in 2005). He is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a career record of 292-150 and has led the Volunteers to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seasons. He is a two-time SEC Coach of the Year and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coach of the Year (2004 & 2008). Additionally, he has served as the president of AVCA since 2009.
Quisno (Miami ’76) spent 33 years as head coach at Danbury, Oak Hills and Perkins high schools, accumulating a career record of 253-95. His teams won 11 conference titles and made nine appearances in the state playoffs, including two trips to the state semifinals. He was named the AP Division III State Coach of the Year in 2002 and the Northwest Ohio District Coach of the year four times (1991, ’95, ’02, ’06). He was twice chosen to coach in the North-South All-Star game. He was a three-year letterwinner at Miami from 1973-’75.
Wettig was the first full-time women’s head coach in the state of Ohio. She coached basketball and softball before becoming athletics director. Her 131 career wins as basketball coached were not surpassed until current head coach Maria Fantanarosa reached the milestone in 2006. She led the team to conference titles in 1982 and ’83 and was named MAC Coach of the Year both years. In 1985 she became women’s head basketball coach at Iowa State, where she remained for eight years. She was inducted into Miami’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
The complete press release announcing the inductees is available here.