The Cradle of Coaches Plaza was first inspired by a generous gift from Miami graduates and long-time supporters Bob and Marian Kurz. Their gift helped to launch the Yager Stadium renovation project. It was a fitting renovation, as Bob Kurz coined the phrase--"The Cradle of Coaches."
All nine figures were sculpted by renowned artist Kristen Visbal of Lewes, Delaware. Residents of southwest Ohio are familiar with Visbal's sculpture of American patriot Alexander Hamilton that is prominently displayed to passers-by on High Street in downtown Hamilton. Visbal was selected for that project through an international competition, and her works can be found throughout the United States.