For over 170 years, Zeta Psi has scaffolded our undergraduate brothers to be better leaders in their careers, their communities, and in service to all humankind. We have been fortunate to have played role in the lives of countless inspirational men throughout the years. Here is a list of some Zetes who have powerfully impacted the world.
Achievements: Greco-Roman Wrestling All-American, Olympian and Olympic Coach Distinguished Service Award 1999 Red Grange Award 2013
Chapter: Alpha Beta
Benjamin M. Spock, MD
Achievements: Author, One of the most famous names in America in pediatric health, wrote "The Common Sense Book on Baby and Child Care"; and other child care books. Gold medalist, as a member of the American eight-man crew at the 1924 Paris Olympics, whose time of 6 minutes and 33 seconds was almost 16 seconds faster than the second-placed Canadian crew.
DOD: March 15, 1998
Achievements: All-Star MLB Player; Vice President of Player Development, Washington Nationals 7 time MLB Gold Glove Winner as a catcher (1978-1989) AL Manager of the Year, 1995
Casimir Joseph “Caz” Banaszek
Achievements: 11 season NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive lineman. He was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the 49ers in 1981, when the team won Super Bowl XVI.
Chapter: Omega, 1967
DOD: December 4, 2019
Achievements: NCAA Div 1 Men’s Basketball Referee Ice Cube’s Big3 (Basketball) league Referee, including working the championship game in 2018 USA Women’s National (Basketball) team scrimmages Referee, prior to the 2012 London Olympics
Chapter: Phi Epsilon, 2001
Achievements: Stanford Tennis Coach (1966-2004); Won 17 NCAA Championship Men's Tennis Tournaments Named the ITA-Wilson "Coach of the Decade" both for the 1980s and the 1990s. The International Tennis Hall of Fame "Tennis Educational Merit Award" 1982. Zeta Psi Red Grange Sportsman of the Year, 2012
Chapter: Mu, 1959, Plus a Masters from Stanford, 1960
Dr. Milt McColl
Achievements: CEO, Gauss Surgical; Retired NFL Player
Harold “Red” Grange
Achievements: "The Galloping Ghost"; He is a charter member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Namesake of Zeta Psi's Red Grange Athlete of the Year A three-time consensus All-American who led his team to a national championship in 1923. In 1924, he became the first recipient of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the Big Ten Conference's most valuable player. In 2008, he was named the best college football player of all time by ESPN, and in 2011, he was named the Greatest Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network.
Chapter: Alpha Epsilon
DOD: January 28, 1991
Joe L. Brown
Achievements: General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from November 1, 1955, through the end of the 1976 season. Under his administration, the Pirates recovered from four consecutive last-place finishes in the National League to world championships in 1960 and 1971. The son of actor-comedian Joe E. Brown (Some Like It Hot).
Chapter: Sigma Zeta, 1941
DOD: (September 1, 1918 – August 15, 2010)
Achievements: Manager, Tampa Bay Rays (2006-2014, AL Champion 2008) Chicago Cubs (2015-2019, WS Champions 2016) , Los Angeles Angels (2020-) 2008, 2011 AL Manager of the Year, 2015 NL Manager of the Year Red Grange Award 2009
Achievements: 1956 Consensus All-American, NFL Pro Bowl (1965, 1970), NFL MVP (1970), College Football Hall of Fame (1986). Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) Golfer, winner the 1990 Security Pacific Senior Classic, now known as the AT&T Champions Classic.
Chapter: Mu, 1956
Achievements: NFL Player from 1966-1969, Defensive Tackle with the Atlanta Falcons (starting with the first ever game in 1966) and the NY Giants. Currently a family lawyer in Georgia.
Louis R. Bruce
Achievements: Former US Commissioner of Indian Affairs; US Olympian
Richard “Ricky” Grigg, PhD.
Achievements: Pioneer of Big Wave Surfing; Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at University of Hawaii, Author, Big Surf, Deep Dives and the Islands. Winner, 1966 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational, named as the best surfer in the world by Surfer Magazine in 1967 1965 Aquanaut aboard the NASA-sponsored Sealab II
Chapter: Mu, 1958
DOD: May 21, 2014
Robert J. “Bob” Kaehler
Achievements: Men's Olympic Rower at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Games. He is the most successful U.S. male heavyweight rower at the world championships level with his four world titles, including a three-straight streak (1997–1999). For his wins and contributions to the sport of U.S. rowing, Kaehler was inducted into the Rowing Hall of Fame in March 2012
Chapter: Delta, 1986
Achievements: Professional Tennis player. Winner, 1970 US Amateur Championships, and the 1977 Australian Open. Runner up at Wimbledon 1979. His 153 mph serve was the fastest ever recorded in tournament competition from February 1978 until September 2004.
Chapter: Mu, 1972
Achievements: 2x Ivy League Champion (2017 and 2019) 2019 Ivy League Kicker/Special Teams Player of the Year 2019 1st Team All Ivy 2019 1st Team All New England 2019 Ivy League Leading Scorer 5x Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week 2020 Zeta Psi Red Grange Athlete of the Year
Chapter: Eta, 2019
Achievements: NFL Player (1948-1956 for the LA Rams) and Head Coach (1967-1970 New Orleans Saints); Member of the NFL Hall of Fame (1970). Member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1976).
Chapter: Sigma Zeta, 1947
DOD: (December 3, 1922 – January 4, 2000)
William C. Ackerman
Achievements: First Tennis Coach at UCLA (1920-1950) Coached UCLA to 10 Men's Tennis Pacific Coast Conference titles; 1950 coached the Men's tennis team UCLA's first National Collegiate Athletic Assn. title in any sport UCLA 1933-1967 Director of Associated Students of UCLA, the organization that oversees all student activities; namesake of UCLA Ackerman Student Union. In 1984 he was inducted into the College Tennis Hall of Fame, and was a charter member of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Chapter: Sigma Zeta, 1924
DOD: February 15, 1988
Achievements: Attorney; Brought NY Mets to NY; namesake of Shea Stadium