1981 Hall of Fame Members
Jack Bacheler '66: Jack Bacheler earned All-America honors at Miami by finishing seventh in the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 1964 and again in 1966 by placing second in the steeplechase in the NCAA Track and Field Championships. He also captured the three-mile run in the Mid-American Conference Track and Field Championships in both 1965 and 1966 and helped lead the Redskins to the All-Ohio and MAC Cross Country Championships in 1965. He is the only Miamian to participate in two Olympics as an athlete. Bacheler was a finalist in the 5,000 meters in Mexico City in 1968 and finished ninth in the marathon in Munich, Germany, in 1972. Between Olympic performances Bacheler captured National AAU Championships in cross country and the 10,000 meters in 1969 and the six-mile run in 1970 while running for the Florida Track Club. In 1980 he became an associate professor at North Carolina State with a Ph.D. in entomology, Bacheler continued his association with running by working with the distance runners. In 1979 and 1980 he coached the NCS women's cross country team to the AIAW national championships. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1981.
Wayne Gibson '48: Wayne Gibson was a 170-pound fullback under Sid Gillman in 1946 and 1947. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry his senior year as Miami compiled a 9-0-1 record and captured the Sun Bowl Championship over Texas Tech, 13-12, in El Paso. Although "Gibby" has fond memories of recent visits to Texas, he will never forget having to be carried off the field in the Sun Bowl suffering from a broken leg. After serving as an assistant football coach at Buffalo and head football coach at Gallia Academy in Gallipolis and Sidney high schools, Gibson returned to Miami in 1956 to serve seven years as an assistant football coach under John Pont and one under Bo Schembechler. He became assistant athletic director in 1964 and associate athletic director in 1977 under Richard Shrider. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1981.
Mel Knowlton '37: Mel Knowlton earned three letters each in baseball and basketball and was named all-Buckeye Conference in both sports at Miami. He participated in football for two years a s a player and served as a student assistant with the freshman football team for two years. He was also a member of the Athletic Board of Control. After graduation he returned to Massillon where he coached under his high school mentor Paul Brown. From 1946-69 Knowlton served as head football coach at Alliance High School where his teams compiled a 24-year record of 150-85-8. His team captured the state championship in 1958. He was named Ohio Coach of the Year in 1954 and twice Stark County Coach of the Year. Knowlton served as president of the Ohio High School Football Coaches' Association in 195 and was named to that group's Hall of Fame in 1972. After retiring from coaching he remained as athletic director at Alliance until 1978. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1981.
Forest "Bud" Middaugh '61: Bud Middaugh guided 12 Redskin baseball teams to a record of 359-173 for a winning percentage of .673. His baseball teams captured three MAC championships and appeared in the NCAA Playoffs four times. Middaugh's 1977 team set an all-time Miami record for most wins in a season of any sport with 45. Four players gained All-America recognition, nine were selected all-district, 17 made first team all-MAC and 20 signed professional baseball contracts under the guidance of Middaugh. A four-year letterman at shortstop under Woody Wills, Middaugh was selected all-MAC his senior year. After graduation he coached three years at Lorain Admiral King High School and compiled a record of 52-14. Two Lorain sectional titles, one Cleveland district championship and a Buckeye Conference crown were won by Admiral King during his tenure. Middaugh returned to Miami in 1967 as an assistant baseball coach and the following year accepted the head coaching assignment. He quickly moved Miami to baseball prominence in not only the MAC, but also on a national level. The Redskins captured their first-ever MAC baseball titles in 1973 and 1974. In his 12 seasons at Miami he never had a losing season. In 1980 Middaugh accepted a new challenge as head baseball coach at the University of Michigan. He responded by leading the Wolverines to seven Big 10 and District 4 titles and participated in four College World Series in Omaha, and in 1983 finished third. Middaugh worked with players like Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Hal Morris, Scott Kamienicki and Jim Abbott. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1981.
Bill Stewart '34: Bill Stewart was an outstanding tackle on both offense and defense in football for Miami from 1931-33. He helped lead the Redskins to the Buckeye Conference championship in 1932 and to a co-championship in 1933. He lettered one year under Chester Pittser in 1931 and two under Frank Wilton in 1932 and 1933. He was selected all-Buckeye Conference three years and all-Ohio in 1932. Stewart also earned All-America honorable mention as he served as captain of the football team his senior year. He also participated in track. Following graduation from Miami Stewart served as an assistant coach in football, basketball and track and head of the intramural program at Springfield High School. He later served as business manager of the Springfield city schools and taught industrial arts. He was inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame in 1981.