Six to be Inducted into Cradle of Coaches Association
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Feb. 16, 2011
Six esteemed individuals will join Miami University’s Cradle of Coaches Association with their induction on Saturday, Feb. 26. Jerry Angelo, Elaine Hieber, Dave Jennings, Rob Patrick, Gary Quisno and Pam Wettig comprise the Cradle of Coaches Class of 2010-11.
Angelo (Miami ’71) serves as the general manager for the Chicago Bears organization and has been in that post since 2001. During his tenure, the Bears have won three division titles and made the organization’s first Super Bowl appearance in 21 years in 2006. Angelo has been associated with professional football since 1980, ascending the ranks to his current position. He began his National Football League career as a scout with the Dallas Cowboys in 1980, before a one-year stint as the linebackers coach with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampede. Angelo returned to the NFL as a regional scout for the New York Giants (1982-86) and then served as the Director of Player Personnel with Tampa Bay from 1987-2000. A three-year letterwinner in football for the Red and White from 1968-70, Angelo served as a graduate assistant at Miami in 1971. He coached in the collegiate ranks eight additional years, serving as a part-time defensive line coach at Colorado State in 1972, working as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Tampa from 1973-74 and then serving as defensive line coach at Syracuse from 1975-79.
Hieber was one of Miami's pioneers in women's athletics. During her tenure as assistant athletics director, she helped establish seven women's varsity sports to compete at the AIAW Division I level, while instituting and expanding grant-in-aid for female student-athletes. Hieber served as head coach for four sports. She was the head mentor for the basketball and softball programs during the 1974-75 season and guided the volleyball program in 1974 and 1975. In 1976, she assumed the coaching duties for the tennis program, guiding the team for four seasons. Hieber left Miami's Athletic Department in 1979 to take a position as the associate athletic director at Iowa State where she worked for 23 years. She was promoted to senior associate athletics director in 1993 and served as interim athletics director in 2000. Hieber retired from ISU in 2002. She served as chair of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee for eight years, was a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee for six years in addition to a stint on the executive board of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and serving on the Governor’s Council on Sports and Physical Fitness. She was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Iowa State Hall of Fame in 2008.
Jennings is in his 29th season at the helm of the Miami women's swimming and diving program and continues to lead a program that defines excellence in the Mid-American Conference. Under his tutelage, the RedHawks have won 15 MAC titles, including the 2009 championship. Five classes--1986, 1987, 1988, 1999 and 2005--have won every MAC title for which they competed, and the 2004-05 season marked the third time in his career that Jennings achieved a conference title "four-peat.” Jennings owns 248 dual meet wins guiding the Miami program, including a streak of 48 straight MAC dual-meet victories from 2002-07. He is a 10-time MAC Coach of the Year honoree and has mentored 197 MAC individual and relay champions, 32 Miami NCAA qualifiers and eight Olympic trial qualifiers and three All-Americans, including Kelsey Vehr, who became the first to garner First-Team All-American honors last year. Prior to Miami, Jennings served as the head men’s swimming coach at Upper Arlington High School (1979-82) where he was voted Coach of the Year in Ohio in 1982, and also was a swim instructor and coach at Coshocton High School before his stint at Upper Arlington. Jennings was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1996.
Patrick (Miami ’83) has been the head volleyball coach at Tennessee for 14 seasons, being named national coach of the year twice—by CVU.com in 2004 and by VBall Magazine in 2005—during his tenure. He has led the Lady Vols to NCAA Tournament berths in six of the last seven years, including a run to the Final Four in 2005. Patrick owns a 292-150 record at the helm of the Tennessee program, becoming its all-time winningest coach in October 2008. In 2004, the Lady Vols earned a share of the regular-season Southeastern Conference title and finished the season with a 32-3 mark. Under Patrick's guidance, 10 different student-athletes have been named All-Americans on a total of 17 occasions. He is a two-time SEC Coach of the Year recipient, earning the honor in 2004 and 2008, while earning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) South Region Coach of the Year honors those same years. Additionally, Patrick has served as president of the AVCA since 2009. Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Patrick served as an assistant coach at Stanford from 1994-96, helping the Cardinal to two national titles and a 92-6 mark. He served as the Director of Youth Development and Programs for USA Volleyball in 2006 and served as a highly successful club coach from 1987-96. In addition to playing club volleyball at Miami, twice serving as president, Patrick also was a member of the Miami football team.
Quisno (Miami ’76) amassed a 253-95 career record in 33 years as a head football coach at Danbury, Oak Harbor and Perkins high schools. His teams won or shared eleven conference titles, qualified for the state playoffs nine times and made two state semifinal appearances (1999 and 2006) in his tenure. He also produced three players who won Most Outstanding Performer in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Quisno took his first job at Pontiac Central High School where he was an assistant football and track coach for one year before moving to Danbury High School. He coached football and track at Danbury for two years and was then hired as a math teacher and head football coach at Oak Harbor in the 1979-80 school year. Following a 29-year stint at Oak Harbor, Quisno assumed the head football post at Perkins for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He only had three losing seasons. Quisno was named the Associate Press Division III State Coach of the Year in 2002, Northwest Ohio District Coach of the Year four times (1991, 1995, 2002, 2006) and was twice chosen to coach in the North - South All-Star Game, including 2000 when he was the head coach of the winning North Team led by Ben Roethlisberger. Quisno was a walk-on three-year letterwinner in football at Miami from 1973-75, helping the Red and White to three consecutive Tangerine Bowl titles.
Wettig served as Miami's first full-time women's coach, as well as the first full-time women's coach in the state of Ohio. During her tenure, she coached basketball and softball, and in 1978-79, was named assistant athletics director. From 1975-84 Wettig compiled 131 wins on the hardwood at Miami, a win total which was not surpassed until December 2006 by current Miami head women’s basketball coach Maria Fantanarosa, and led three successive teams to 20 or more victories (1981-83). She earned MAC Coach of the Year accolades in 1982 and 1983 after winning a pair of conference titles. In 1981-82, Miami finished with a school-best 24 wins (24-9) and advanced to the AIAW National Tournament. She became Iowa State's fourth head coach in 1985 and coached for eight seasons, amassing 100 wins with the Cyclones. Wettig was named Big Eight Coach of the Year for the 1985-86 season. After coaching she moved to the administrative ranks. Wettig served as an associate athletics director at Loyola Marymount before assuming her current post as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Denver. She was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1998.
The members of the Cradle of Coaches Association Class of 2010-11 will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 26 before being inducted during a dinner at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the Shriver Center Multi-Purpose Room. Reservations for the dinner will be taken through 5 p.m. February 21 by calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-HAWK (4295).
The Cradle of Coaches Association was established in 1971 to acknowledge the role Miamians have played in establishing Miami University as the Cradle of Coaches. While all Miami Alumni who go on to coach or those who have coached at Miami are considered part of the Cradle of Coaches, the Cradle of Coaches Association began inducting individuals into the Association in 1992 to further recognize their accomplishments. In 1999 and 2000, Miami's Hall of Fame Committee further developed criteria for induction into the Cradle of Coaches Association to be more inclusive of all sports. The following is the list of inductees: