Over the past six decades, 20 collegiate and professional coaches from the “cradle” have reached the pinnacle of their professions as National Coaches of the Year. Bob Kurz, a 1958 graduate of Miami and former Miami Sports Information Director, put the legacy in context in his book Miami of Ohio: The Cradle of Coaches. His inspiration for the story came in 1959, when Miami graduates Paul Dietzel and Ara Parseghian were coaching the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked college programs and Brown, Gillman and Ewbank were revolutionizing the professional game. Bob and Marian Kurz, provided a gift to construct the Cradle of Coaches Plaza beyond the South end zone of Fred C. Yager Stadium. The beautiful plaza provides a grand entrance to the stadium and has been adorned with life-sized statues of some of the program’s coaching legends. A $1 million gift from the family of Thomas P. Van Voorhis helped to create the nine statues for Miami University’s Cradle of Coaches Plaza at Yager Stadium. A tenth statue, which stands just outside the gates of the plaza, honors Mr. Van Voorhis who was a coach, physical education instructor and athletic administrator for Miami from 1921-56, and taught many Cradle members in the classroom.