Former Northern Illinois football coach Joe Novak will be inducted into the Miami (Ohio) Cradle of Coaches Association on Saturday, Sept. 22. The association honors successful coaches who are either Miami alumni or spent time coaching at the university.
Miami is known as the Cradle of Coaches due to the success of coaches with ties to the university.
Other members of the Cradle of Coaches Association include legendary former NFL coach Paul Brown, as well former college coaches Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes and Ara Parseghian. Former Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walter Alston, who led the franchise to seven pennants, is also a member of the association.
Novak will be the second former NIU football coach inducted. Bill Mallory, who led the Huskies to their first MAC Championship and a win in the California Bowl in 1983, earned membership in the association back in 1995.
Novak, who graduated from Miami in 1967, had a career record of 63-76 with NIU. The Huskies went 10-2 in 2003, and won a Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2005. He will be one of five members inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association in 2012. The other inductees include Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta and former Philadelphia 76ers coach Randy Ayers.