Hoeppner to receive Miami honor

Terry Hoeppner and Randy Walker, two long-time friends who died in their 50s less than a year apart, will be inducted together into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association on Oct. 4.

Here’s a release from IU and Miami about that event:

OXFORD, Ohio – Two Miami University football coaching greats will be inducted into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association during the RedHawks’ football game against Temple on Oct. 4, 2008. Former head coaches Randy Walker and Terry Hoeppner, represented by their wives Tammy Walker and Jane Hoeppner, will be the 12th class inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association, upping the number of inductees to 52.

Hoeppner was part of the Miami football program for 19 seasons, including six as the head coach from 1999-2004. His 19-year stint marks the longest of any coach in program history. As head coach of the RedHawks, Hoeppner led Miami to a pair of Mid-American Conference East Division titles and back-to-back bowl games (2003-04) for the first time in 30 years. His finest season was 2003 when Miami finished 13-1 overall and 8-0 in the MAC and won the program’s first MAC title since 1986. After a season-opening loss to Iowa, Hoeppner led the RedHawks to a program-record 13 straight wins, which culminated with a 49-28 victory over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl.

In his six seasons as a head coach in Oxford, Hoeppner posted six straight winning seasons, including five seasons with seven or more wins, and finished among the top three in the MAC East for the duration of his tenure. Hoeppner finished his Miami head coaching stint ranked second in career victories (48), fourth in career games (73) and 10th in career winning percentage (.658). Hoeppner mentored seven NFL draft picks while at Miami, most notably 2004 NFL Rookie of the Year and Super Bowl XL Champion Ben Roethlisberger.

Prior to assuming head coaching duties at Miami, Hoeppner spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach under Tim Rose and Randy Walker. He served in many capacities as an assistant coach, including assistant head coach/defensive backs coach (1993-95) and assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (1995-98), while overseeing a stingy defense that traditionally ranked among the best in the nation.

During his coaching career, including his time as an assistant, Miami upset four nationally-ranked teams on the road and earned a total of 12 wins over BCS conference schools.

Hoeppner was named the head football coach at Indiana on Dec. 17, 2004, becoming the third former Miami coach, along with John Pont and Bill Mallory, to patrol the Indiana sidelines. He spent two seasons guiding the Hoosiers, re-energizing the Indiana program before his passing on June 19, 2007.

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.


  1. What a great honor for both. I am glad to see them go in together. It’s too bad they won’t be here to enjoy it.

  2. They will be there in sprit and thier wives will give great speeches on there behalf. Nice Honor for both.

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