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.
Ackerman , William C.
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
Banaszek , Casimir Joseph “Caz”
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: 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
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
Brown, Joe L.
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)
Buck, William C. “Bill”
Achievements: Executive VP, TDH Holdings, Inc.; Part-Owner, Philadelphia Phillies. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award (1988)
Chapter: Tau, 1950
Coyne, Dennis “Denny”
Achievements: 1967 MVP of the North-South Shrine All-Star Football game.
Chapter: Omega, 1968
Delaney, James E., “Jim”
Achievements: Two Time NCAA Men's Double Tennis Champion. 1973, with fellow Zete, "Sandy" Mayer, and 1974 with fellow Zete, John Whitlinger. Four time All-American (1972-1975). A member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.
Chapter: Mu, 1975
Achievements: Tight End, Colts (1995-2001) – Buccaneers (2002-2004). All-Big Ten, 1994.
Chapter: Alpha Epsilon
Achievements: Professional Tennis Player. All-American at Stanford, part of the 1973 and 1974 Stanford National Collegiate Athletics Association national championships winning teams. In 1979 he was a semifinalist at Wimbledon and a quarterfinalist at the US Open. From 1979 through 1981, he was ranked in the top 20 in the world, reaching as high as No. 12 in June 1980.
Chapter: Mu , 1976
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)
Gordon, Lloyd Lamont ‘Monty’
Achievements: Founded Gordon Securities (later Gordon Capital). Founded the Canadian Olympic bobsleigh team, and competed in the Olympic games and the world championships. He was honored in 2017 by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton with the creation of the “L.L. Gordon Spirit Award,” given annually to the athlete who best embodies Lamont’s drive and commitment to the sport of bobsleigh.
Chapter: Theta Phi, 1955
DOD: July 26, 2019
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
Grange, Harold “Red”
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
Grigg, Richard “Ricky”, 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
Grimes, Charles L.
Achievements: Won a gold medal with in eights with the American rowing team at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. He also played football at Yale.
Chapter: Eta, 1957
DOD: July 9, 1935 – February 5, 2007
Hamilton, Bob “Bones”
Achievements: Running Back, Kick Returner and Captain of the 1935 Stanford Football Team. 1972 Inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1964 Bones owned the 3rd largest Buick dealership in the United States.
Chapter: Mu, 1936
DOD: September 8, 1912 – April 1, 1996
Achievements: Considered by many to be the greatest swimmer in Canadian history. Hodgson won the two freestyle swimming gold medals at the 1912 Olympics, the only categories in which he competed. He was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968, into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Chapter: Alpha Psi, 1915
DOD: (October 12, 1893 – May 1, 1983
Kaehler, Robert J. “Bob”
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
Kirkland, Alfred D.
Term: Phi Alpha from 1970–1971, Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1971. 1952 Stanford Football team captain, a Defensive Tackle, he was the glue of the “How Boys,” Stanford’s unlikely participant in the 1952 Rose Bowl game.
Chapter: Mu , 1952
DOD: July 27, 1930-August 30, 2012
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. Zeta Psi Red Grange Athlete of the Year Award 2009
Mayer, Jr., Alexander “Sandy”
Achievements: 1972 Winner (with fellow Zete) Roscoe Tanner of the NCAA Tennis Doubles Championship. 1973 NCAA Men's tennis champion in singles and with (fellow Zete) James Delaney, doubles. Ranked as high as #7 in the world on the ATP Men's tennis tour. Champion, 1975 Men's doubles at Wimbledon, with Vitas Gerulatis. Champion, 1979 French Open Men's doubles with his brother, Gene Mayer.
Chapter: Mu, 1974
McChesney, Robert Edward
Achievements: 2 time Pro-Bowler with the Boston/Washington Redskins of the NFL (1938 and 1942).
Chapter: Sigma Zeta, 1935
DOD: (July 12, 1912 – September 20, 1986)
McColl, Duncan B.
Achievements: Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Defensive end for the Cardinals. He holds the school record for sacks in a season (17), ranks second in school history in tackles for loss in a season (26) and in a career (57), and 6th in career sacks (25). McColl is eighth in school history in career tackles (347) and led the team with 139 in 1975. A two-time All-American and All-Pac 8 selection, he was selected for the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. Brother of Dr. Milt McColl. McColl was selected in the fourth round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.
Chapter: Mu, 1977
McColl, Jr., MD, William F. “Bill”
Achievements: A pass catching Offensive End, Two-time consensus All-American and third runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1951. That same year, he became the first person to receive the "W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy" as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. 1973 Inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. 1952-1959, played Defensive and Offensive End for the Chicago Bears. One of the first Ends to be described as a Tight End. Become an orthopedic surgeon and served in Korea as a Presbyterian missionary doctor from 1962 to 1964. Father of Zeta Psi Mu Brothers Duncan and Milt McColl.
Chapter: Mu, 1952
McColl, Milton B. “Milt”, MD
Achievements: CEO, Gauss Surgical; Retired NFL Player (1981-1987), played in Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX.
Chapter: Mu, 1981
Achievements: 1977 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Champion. All-American 1976, 1977, and 1978. Member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.
Chapter: Mu, 1979
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
Reynolds, Robert (Bob) O’Dell “Horse”
Achievements: A 2 time All-America Tackle, and a 1961 inductee into the College Hall of Fame. In 1952 he partnered with Gene Autry and served as the president of Golden West Broadcasting. He was co-founder, co-owner and president of the California Angels MLB team from 1960–1975. 1963 to 1972 co-owner of the NFL Los Angeles Rams. In 1972, he received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Chapter: Mu, 1935
DOD: March 30, 1914 – February 8, 1994
Achievements: Big Ten champion and an All-American Wrestler for the University of Minnesota. In 1956 he won double national titles in Greco-Roman and freestyle. Placed fifth at the 1956 Olympics and was coach of the 1972 USA Greco-Roman Olympic team. Namesake of the "Alan Rice Leadership Award" of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011. Zeta Psi Distinguished Service Award 1999, Zeta Psi Red Grange Athlete of the Year Award 2013.
Chapter: Alpha Beta