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Maryland to offer “lifetime scholarships” to all student-athletes

Posted on 19 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Athletics Unveils ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’

Maryland Set to Offer Lifetime Scholarships

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has announced it will be one of the first NCAA Division I institutions to offer a lifetime degree guarantee for student-athletes in all sports. In addition, the University is incorporating the promise of exhausted eligibility aid into financial aid agreements.

 

Beginning in November of 2014-15, ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’ will provide all incoming student-athletes with a multi-year scholarship guarantee. Pursuant to this program, should a student-athlete exhaust his or her eligibility prior to graduating, Maryland will guarantee his or her aid will continue through graduation. If a student-athlete is injured and unable to compete, we will guarantee his or her aid will continue through graduation.

 

Additionally, Maryland will provide tuition, books and fees for any student-athlete who leaves the institution in good academic standing and returns to complete his or her degree.

 

Other institutions have extended this guarantee to “revenue sports” including football and men’s and women’s basketball, but Maryland is one of the first to provide a lifetime degree guarantee for student-athletes in all sports.

 

“Our vision is to be the best intercollegiate athletic program while producing graduates who are prepared to serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “We are confident ‘The Maryland Way Guarantee’ will further demonstrate our commitment to our student-athletes’ pursuit of a college degree.”

 

Previously, Maryland student-athletes were offered one-year financial agreements, which were subject to renewal every year.  In accordance with NCAA rules, scholarships can be canceled or reduced, for any reason at all, after the one-year agreement expires.  Despite NCAA regulations permitting one-year agreements, Maryland is showing a strong commitment to student-athlete success by promising not to cancel or reduce our student-athlete scholarships for on-field or on-court performance.

 

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Maryland announces name change for campus basketball arena

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Renaming of University of Maryland Arena

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department announced today that the arena formerly known as the Comcast Center will be renamed the XFINITY Center, effective immediately. The renaming of the venue reflects the Xfinity brand’s strong awareness and resonance with consumers.

“We are excited to place the name Xfinity on this beloved University of Maryland sports venue,” said Tom Coughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway region. “Our Xfinity brand represents our commitment to delivering an unparalleled, innovative entertainment experience to local consumers, and our partnership with the University of Maryland athletics department underscores this promise.”

The XFINITY Center is home to the University’s men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams, as well as the athletic department’s administrative offices and student-athlete Academic Support & Career Development Unit. Completed in 2002, the main arena seats up to 17,950 for basketball, and is the site of numerous campus events, concerts, graduations, and other events.

“We have enjoyed a longstanding and successful partnership with Comcast for more than a decade, and are excited to extend this relationship with the renaming of the XFINITY Center,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “It is our goal to continue to provide our fans with a special gameday experience, and we look forward to unveiling new amenities at the XFINITY Center in the near future.”

The renaming to XFINITY Center is in accordance with the original partnership agreement between Comcast and the University of Maryland that allows Comcast – with mutual agreement – to utilize opportunities to extend its brand. The renaming efforts are taking place at no cost to the University of Maryland or Terrapin Athletics and are expected to be completed by mid-August.

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Maryland to induct Bias into Athletics Hall of Fame

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Maryland to induct Bias into Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted on 16 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department and the M Club announced Wednesday the selection of eight tremendous alumni selected for the Class of 2014 for induction into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

Men’s basketball player Len Bias, men’s lacrosse player Bob Boneillo, track & field/football player Edward G. Cooke, field hockey and women’s lacrosse player Maureen ‘Bean’ Scott Dupcak, women’s lacrosse player Alex Kahoe, women’s basketball player Debbie Lytle, athletic trainer Sandy Worth and football player Charlie Wysocki will be inducted Friday, Oct. 3 at a ceremony in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. The reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.

 

“We would like to congratulate our newest inductees and their families on their selection for the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Kevin Anderson, University of Maryland Director of Athletics. “It’s an exciting time for us to honor and recognize the incredible accomplishments of our former student-athletes during their time in College Park.”

 

The M Club will also present Honorary M Club Awards to Colin Potts, Leonard Raley, Rosalie Reggettz and Bob ‘Turtle’ Smith for their longtime dedication to Maryland athletics.
“The M Club, in collaboration with Maryland athletics, is extremely proud to induct the Class of 2014 to the Hall of Fame,” said Kevin Glover, Executive Director of the M Club. “These outstanding inductees have excelled both academically and athletically during their time at Maryland and in their professional careers. With so many outstanding nominees, the selection committee takes exceptional pride in honoring these great legends from our proud past.”

 

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $95 each, with tables for 10 people available for $900. Tickets can be purchased from the M Club office at 301-314-9289.

 

Founded in 1982 by the M Club and developed as a collaborative effort with the Athletics Department, the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame pays tribute to those superior Terrapin athletes, coaches and administrators who have made major contributions to the honor and fame of the University of Maryland, and have continued to demonstrate the positive values learned through competing in intercollegiate sports. Induction into the Hall of Fame represents the highest athletic honor the University can bestow.

 

LEN BIAS (Men’s Basketball, 1982-86)

Finished career as Maryland’s all-time leader in more than 15 categories, including points (2147), single-season points (743) and career double-figure scoring games (108)…still holds program records in double-figure scoring games in a season (36) and single-season minutes played (1352)…led Maryland to four consecutive NCAA appearances and the 1984 ACC Tournament title…memorably scored 35 points on Feb. 20, 1986 to lead Maryland to a 77-72 victory over top-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill…earned consensus First Team All-America honors in 1986 and named Second Team All-America in 1985…two-time ACC Player of the Year (1985, 86)…ACC Athlete of the Year (1986)…drafted second overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

 

BOB BONEILLO (Men’s Lacrosse, 1976-80)

All-time Maryland men’s lacrosse points leader with 231…second in program history in assists (126)…led the Terps in points and assists for three straight seasons (1978-1980)…79 points in 1979 is the second-most points in a season…third all-time in assists in a season with 48…led the team in goals in 1979 with 31…first all-time in points (13) and assists (10)  in a single game on three goals and 10 assists against Duke in 1979… 1979 Jack Turnbull National Attackman of the Year…1979 ACC Player of the Year…three-time All-ACC selection…1977 Honorable Mention All-American…1978 Second Team All-American…1979 First Team All-American…1980 Third Team All-American.

 

EDWARD G. COOKE (Men’s Track & Field/Football, 1957-59)

Helped Track & Field to three straight ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships (1956-1958)…ACC Indoor Champion in Shot Put in 1956 and 1957…ACC Outdoor Champion in Shot Put in 1956, 1957 and 1958…ACC Outdoor Champion in Discus in 1957 and 1958…1957 Honorable Mention All-American in football…1957 First Team All-ACC in football…named ACC Lineman of the Year in 1957…played 10 seasons in the AFL and NFL for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts, New York Titans, New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.

 

MAUREEN ‘BEAN’ SCOTT DUPCAK (Field Hockey/Women’s Lacrosse, 1990-94)

Lettered four times in lacrosse and field hockey…led the Terps’ lacrosse team to four Final Fours, three championship game appearances and a national championship in 1992…named an All-American in lacrosse in 1994…played six years with the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team…won a gold medal at the 1997 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup…returned to Maryland as an assistant coach for the lacrosse team and helped the Terps to the 1997 national championship…named one of the ACC’s 50 all-time best women’s lacrosse players…led the Terps to two field hockey Final Fours, winning the national championship in 1993…three-time Regional All-American in field hockey…All-ACC field hockey in 1993…won a silver medal with Team USA at the Olympic Festival Field Hockey tournament in 1992.

 

ALEX KAHOE (Women’s Lacrosse, 1996-00)

Led the Terrapins as a goalkeeper to four straight national championships from 1998-2000…three-time team captain…three-time All-American…two-time NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year…three-time ACC Goalie of the Year…1997 ACC Rookie of the Year…returned to Maryland for three seasons as a volunteer assistant primarily working with goalies…has made stops as an assistant coach at Penn, Delaware, Duke and Vermont…named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team and NCAA 25th Anniversary All-Time Women’s Lacrosse Team.

 

DEBBIE LYTLE (Women’s Basketball, 1980-83)

Ranks 25th in program history with 1,189 career points…one of 28 players to reach the 1,000 point mark…program record-holder in steals with 315…second all-time in assists with 583…twice recorded nine steals in a game…scored 31 points in a game against NC State in 1981…18th all-time in rebounds with 668… led the team in assists all four years…led or was tied for the lead in steals all four years…led the team in blocked shots and rebounds in 1982 at just 5’10”…1980 All-ACC Tournament Team…1982 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team in a year she led the Terps to the Final Four…1981 E.A.I.A.W. All-Region and WBCA All-Region…1982 A.W.S.I. All-American.

 

SANDY WORTH (Athletic Trainer, 1973-pres.)

Graduated from Maryland in 1973 and immediately began work as an athletic trainer the same year…promoted to head athletic trainer in 1992…head athletic trainer for the football team from 1992-2004…football team captured ACC title in 2001…first woman to serve as head athletic trainer at an ACC school and only woman to serve as head athletic trainer for football in the ACC…trainer for women’s basketball team that won eight ACC titles and advanced to three NCAA Final Fours…also worked with field hockey and women’s lacrosse, which claimed eight national titles while she was the trainer…also worked locally and internationally with United State women’s lacrosse and field hockey for more than 20 years.

 

CHARLIE WYSOCKI (Football, 1978-82)

Second in program history in career rushing yards with 3,317…became first player in Maryland history to rush for 3,000 career yards…second in program history with 1,359 rushing yards during the 1980 season…holds two of the top-six single-season rushing records at Maryland…tied for fourth all-time in touchdowns with 26…rushed four touchdowns against Virginia in 1981, tied for the second most touchdowns in a game in program history…only player in Maryland history to rush for three 200-yard games…one of two players to rush for 200 yards in a game in two different seasons…second at Maryland with 17 100-yard games…tied for first all-time with eight 100-yard games in a season…first team All-American selection in 1979 and 1980.

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TERPS MOVE TO BIG TEN – FAIRLY QUIET

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Tom Federline

It’s official. As of July 1, 2014 the University Maryland Terrapins are a part of the B1G Ten Athletic Conference. If you didn’t catch the 60 second clip on the evening news that night or the 30 second blurb on sports radio that day, you missed it. I understand there was a “celebration” at Under Armour headquarters for supposedly an afternoon and official announcement on campus the following day for about an hour. Of course, WNST was on this in early June. But did you hear anything more about this from any other local media as the date approached? I do not spend $75+ for a shirt that breathes or $100+ for tennis shoes (UA apparel) and I also do not contribute thousands of dollars to the Terrapin Club – so I guess that’s why I wasn’t invited.

Initial announcement – “Terps are moving to the Big Ten, good-bye ACC. All lifetime Terp fans, if you don’t like it – to bad. Its’ a done deal.” Official move date – “Terps headed west, mid-summer, prior to 4th of July Holiday. It’s a done deal. Tune in Terp fans at the beginning of September to follow the mens football and mens/womens soccer teams hitch hiking on Routes 76 and 80, trying to locate Cedar Rapids, Iowa.” I have heard half the teams will be heading to Raleigh-Durham area, the other half will be attempting to dodge tornado’s on their first road trip to the Midwest.

Wait-a-minute, they won’t be hitch hiking, they’ll be riding in luxury motor coaches. Five players to an RV, equipped with all the luxuries of their dorm rooms for their 3 month road trip. I understand the university is supplying each motor coach with IT personnel that were fired from the “Identity Theft Scandal” last year. They are to help keep up the kids academic obligations, with remote access to their classes and to Facebook. In addition, I believe the University is also providing traveling “tutors” (from the basketball team),  to assist in providing guidance to the youngsters for those ”remote access” classes. The motor coaches are part of the “financial stability package” the university will be receiving as part of this transfer to the midwest.

Remember the words from UMCP’s current athletic director, (not verbatim) – The move to the B1G Ten will help the University of Maryland academically, as well as financially. Really Kevin Anderson? Academically? Please provide those fabricated “academically enhanced” documents in order to safe face. What I read was - “Maryland is set to make $100 million dollars more in the next 6 years by joining the B1G Ten as opposed to if they had stayed in the ACC.” Really Kevin Anderson and President Loh? Does that include the $52 million dollar penalty for transferring out of the ACC and joining the B1G Ten? Does that include re-instating the sports programs that were dropped because of “misappropriation” of funds within the Athletic Department? Good ahead blame it on Debbie Yow – she’s gone. Does that include paying off Turgeon when he blows another basketball season? It’s all about the money and only about the money. Isn’t it Mr. AD and Mr. Pres.? Academics? Really? Maryland established itself as a top notch academic college many moons ago. Don’t embarrass yourselves, keep the athletics and academics totally separate. Ya ain’t foolin’ no one, no mo’.

College athletics are a changing. Traditions – gone. Rivalries – gone. Geographical accommodation - gone. Student athletes -  gone. Fan base - diminishing and/or transitional. “Show Me the Money” – IN. The re-arrangement of college conferences apparently are a necessary evil. As you know by now – I’m old school and that I believe – “Its All Fixed.” It does pain me when the almighty dollar wins out. I can accept there will be new traditions, new rivalries new fan bases. It’s just gonna take awhile. ”O” and it’s going to take more gas money for the RV when we are picking up the kids hitch hiking across the country. FYI – here’s a look at the new B1G Fourteen:

This whole Terp transfer from the ACC to the B1G Ten has been like one huge ”Firework” – (Katy Perry). One right after the other. We got blasted on the initial announcement over a weekend in the Fall. Blasted again, when the official move was done a couple of days before the 4th of July pyrotechnics. I know, I know – “It will work out in the end…….and if it doesn’t……. it’s not the end.” Or someone could just introduce the university on another scam to get some mo’ money and BAM – more fireworks.

Good luck Terps, we’ll be watching you on the B1G Ten Network (that is a plus). Good luck Terps, with local fan support during the second year of your Midwest run. The faithful will probably stay with you this initial year -it’s a novelty. Then watch the numbers dwindle. Let’s hope for the best. Go Terps – see you up in Madison. BTW -that is a cool college town. “Time to face the strange.”

D.I.Y.

FEDMAN

 

 

 

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Maryland marks official move to Big Ten with Baltimore event

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Fans lined South President Street in front of the Under Armour Brand House to celebrate the beginning of a new era for the University of Maryland Monday afternoon.

Maryland kicked off its transition into the Big Ten Conference flanked by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Maryland coaches and Under Armour executives.

Following an address from Nick Carparelli of Under Armour to begin the festivities, Anderson greeted the crowd and commended the conference for its commitment to the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Over the last 18 months we’ve been asked to be a partner and a member of the Big Ten and tomorrow it will be official,” said Anderson. “One thing I like to say about this whole process is that my colleagues in the Big Ten and Commissioner Delany have accepted us and welcomed us from the very beginning. We’ve never felt like we were an outsider. We’ve always been a part of the participation of becoming a true member of the Big Ten.”

Delany followed Anderson and expressed excitement about Maryland officially joining the conference Tuesday.

“The last 18 months has just been a terrific experience, getting to know Maryland leaders, faculty, athletic directors and coaches,” said Delany. “We’ve worked awfully hard over those 18 months to make tomorrow a day that everyone can feel great about.

“The Big Ten has been a great conference, established in 1896, and it’s a greater conference after tomorrow with Maryland as our newest member.”

At the conclusion of the event, attendees were given a first look at newly released Maryland/Big Ten merchandise inside the Brand House, while media in attendance gathered to speak with Anderson, Delany and Maryland coaches.

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Maryland AD Anderson recognized by NACDA/McLendon Hall of Fame

Posted on 11 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Anderson, McCoy Named to NACDA/McLendon Hall of Fame

Director of athletics and wrestling coach inducted Wednesday

                                                                                          

ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson and wrestling coach Kerry McCoy were two of seven new members inducted into the NACDA/John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Hall of Fame Wednesday at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at the 49th Annual NACDA Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

 

Anderson is in his fourth year as the director of athletics at Maryland and boasts more than two decades of leadership experience in collegiate athletics. He has also been recognized as a leader nationally as he currently serves on the NACDA Board of Directors and previously served as the organization’s President in 2012-13 and as the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee.

 

Since Anderson’s arrival at Maryland, the Terps have finished among the top 30 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in three of his first four years in College Park, including a school-record 17th-place finish during the 2010-11 season.

 

“I would like to thank NACDA and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation for this tremendous honor,” Anderson said. “John was a pioneer who paved the way and was a major contributor to collegiate athletics. To be recognized and selected into this prestigious hall of fame is very special and meaningful to me and my family. I take a great deal of pride in working daily to instill the same values John embodied with our student-athletes at the University of Maryland.”

 

McCoy, a former All-American and Olympic wrestler, became head wrestling coach for the University of Maryland wrestling program in 2009. He has taken the program to new heights, guiding the Terps to four top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, three ACC titles and coaching seven Terps to 11 All-America honors, while being named ACC Coach of the Year three times.

 

McCoy was instrumental in the development of two-time 184-pound All-American Jimmy Sheptock, who became Maryland’s highest national placer in 45 years when he finished second at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

 

“It is an amazing honor,” McCoy said. “I’m very excited and truly humbled for this recognition.  John McLendon established a great foundation for all of us to follow in college athletics. I love what I do and just feel very fortunate.”

 

Anderson and McCoy join Ray Anderson (NFL/Arizona State), Ian Clarke (NBA/Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment), Brisco McPherson (NAIA/ University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), Donald Remy (NCAA), and Kenny Williams (MLB/Chicago White Sox).

 

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.

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Maryland AD Anderson on Williams HOF election: “(His) contributions…are unmatched”

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Williams Elected for Enshrinement in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams has been elected for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as announced today. The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 8.

“On behalf of the University of Maryland athletics department, we want to congratulate Gary on being selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Over the past five decades, Gary’s contributions to the University of Maryland as an alum, player and coach are unmatched. Gary has earned this honor through his unwavering commitment and dedication to the game of basketball. He had the uncanny ability to bring the best out of his players. Gary is an outstanding coach and great friend, whose drive, passion and knowledge of the game have led him to the pinnacle of his profession.”

Selected for induction into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last month, Williams will be the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year. Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

“Gary Williams is an icon not only here at the University of Maryland, but for all of college basketball,” said Wallace D. Loh, President.  “I congratulate Coach Williams on this much-deserved honor and I celebrate this moment with Terp alumni and fans all over the world.”

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

“I want to congratulate Gary on this prestigious honor,” said current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Gary is as respected as they come in the coaching profession. He won at every level, did things the right way and will be recognized as one of the all-time greats in our profession. His record and championship pedigree speak for themselves.”

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Season over early after Maryland left out of NIT field

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Season over early after Maryland left out of NIT field

Posted on 16 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

The season is over for the University of Maryland men’s basketball team and the Terps will not be a part of postseason play for the third time in the last four years, the second time in Mark Turgeon’s three year tenure as head coach.

The Terrapins (17-15, 9-9 ACC) lost to Florida State in the second round of the ACC Tournament Thursday, marking the end of both their season and their history as part of the ACC. Not at all surprisingly, Maryland was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season Sunday night, marking the longest drought for the program since the beginning of former head coach Gary Williams’ tenure.

The Terps had been projected to be selected to the NIT field for a second straight season but were ultimately left out in part because of their lack of quality wins and in part because of the number of teams who received automatic bids (13) into the field of 32 after winning their conference’s regular season title but failing to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by coming up short in their conference tournaments.

The school did not comment on the possibility of the team participating in either the College Basketball Insider (CBI) Tournament or CollegeInsider.com (CIT) Tournament; but in previous years the university made it clear they had no interest in participating in such events.

“We’re disappointed our season came to an end, considering we played some of our best basketball down the stretch” Turgeon told the Washington Post after being left out of the field. “I look forward to our coaching staff and players working hard to take the necessary steps to advance our program.”

Maryland’s early exit in their final trip to Greensboro came just four days after their best win of the season, an overtime victory over ACC regular season and ACC Tournament champion Virginia at Comcast Center. Maryland also claimed a victory over Big East Tournament champion Providence at the start of the season in the championship game of the Paradise Jam event in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 2014-2015 season will be the fourth in Mark Turgeon’s original eight year contract and the first for the program as part of the Big Ten Conference. Despite growing unrest from the fanbase, Turgeon’s job status is not at all at risk, in large part because of that contract. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson recently told the Baltimore Sun “I have the utmost confidence in Mark and what he’s putting together as a program. We’ve got a great recruiting class coming in.”

Maryland’s incoming recruiting class is indeed considered Top 15 by many recruiting services including ESPN.com. All members of the four man class are considered Top 100 recruits. SG Dion Wiley (Potomac), PG Romelo “Melo” Trimble (Arlington, VA), C Trayvon Reed (Snellville, GA) and SF Jared Nickens (Norristown, PA) make up the most impressive incoming class of Turgeon’s tenure.

The Terps lose only little-used forward John Auslander to graduation this offseason. Forwards Dez Wells and Jake Layman have been considered NBA prospects at times but neither is considered likely to depart school early. Wells and G Nick Faust (City) will be seniors next year, as will forward Jonathan Graham (Calvert Hall) who transferred to College Park from Penn State before the season. The veteran-laiden team is also slated to include rising juniors Layman, forwards Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare and guard Seth Allen.

The only schools from the state of Maryland participating in postseason play are Mt. St. Mary’s (NCAA) and Towson (CIT).

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Turgeon and Terps: He’s here to stay

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Turgeon and Terps: He’s here to stay

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Mark Turgeon is living a charmed life.

“Wait, Drew, didn’t Maryland just get their doors blown off last night?  How can Turgeon be charmed?” you’re asking.

Turgeon is indeed living a charmed life.  If not for Maryland having to cough up $50 million to join the Big Ten — hence, the Athletic Department, like the school, is broke – the Terps might very well be in the beginning stages of a coaching search.

Maryland didn’t lose 85-61 to Florida State last night.  They got smashed 85-61.  It wasn’t pretty.  Worse than that, actually.  Honestly, there are Old Mill High School cheerleaders better looking than the Terps were last night.

I’m not telling you anything new if you’ve watched them play — and I’m also not trying to pile on — but this is starting to get seriously concerning at College Park.  I said from the day Gary Williams left that the first guy in after him would have a tough time of it.  Yes, I know Maryland flirted with Arizona’s Sean Miller before hiring Turgeon, but it might be a good thing that Miller wasn’t first in after Williams departed.  I think the Terps would be better with Miller, yes, but be very careful of that “first person in after the legend leaves” stuff because it’s very real.

Turgeon’s era at College Park would really be in jeopardy if not for the aforementioned check of blood money owed to the ACC.  As it is, now, he’s likely safe no matter what the Terps do.  They simply can’t afford to jettison a guy who still has five years left on his contract, not to mention $10 million or so in guaranteed money.

The black marks against Turgeon extend past the team’s record on the court.  He’s the guy who hired Assistant Coach Dalonte Hill, a highly sought ofter basketball lifer most recently from the Kansas State program.  Hill came along with a list of question marks but Turgeon needed him for a boost in local recruiting and the reputation that Maryland was “back” on the national scene after a sluggish final five years in the Gary Williams era. Hill is no longer with the program after a DUI arrest in 2013.

Last night’s drubbing in Tallahassee was way too familiar.  The team’s two de facto big men, Mitchell and Cleare, teamed up for a total of 3 points on the night.  Florida State took advantage of Maryland’s lack of defensive focus to light it up from outside the arc and the Terps either, A) never figured it out — B) figured it out but didn’t know how to change their defense to stop it  – C) the players were told how to adjust to it but just didn’t care enough to put out the required energy to do it.  Good defense — in any sport — is 90% effort.  You have to be willing to bust your hump more than you even thought you could in order to play really good defense.  I don’t see that kind of effort from Maryland.  Not even close.

There’s more, but I have other stuff to cover here.

Just know this much — the seat at College Park would really be hot on Turgeon’s tush if not for the Big Ten transfer fee.

As it is, he’s not going anywhere soon.

And, it would appear, neither is Maryland basketball.

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Here’s the one thing about Sunday’s AFC title game that should drive you nuts this week.

No matter who wins, either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will be playing in the Super Bowl on February 2nd.

As a guy covering the big game from New York all week as we continue our tradition of broadcasting live from Super Bowl’s Radio Row, I’m just thrilled beyond belief at the thought of talking about Manning or Brady for five straight days.

OK, I’m not at all thrilled about it, but it is what it is.

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Boy, have two men ever been a better fit for one another than Anthony Bosch and Alex Rodriguez?

Bosch was on 60 Minutes last night and completely sold me on what I already suspected:  He’s a derelict.  Throughout the interview he was fidgety, stuttered and stammered, and looked more like a drug dealer than a nutritionist.

Rodriguez is a cheater and so is Bosch.  He admitted to 60 Minutes he was well aware that his work with A-Rod was “beating the system” and that he didn’t really care.  A-Rod certainly didn’t care that what he was doing was wrong.

Made for each other.  Honestly, a perfect fit.

 

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Maryland women’s coach Frese signs multi-year extension

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Brenda Frese, who is currently in her 12th year as the women’s basketball head coach at the University of Maryland, recently signed a multi-year extension to her contract, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Friday.

The extension keeps Frese on the Maryland sidelines through at least June 2021. With the extension, she could earn up to four additional years, through June 2025, with rollovers.

“Coach Frese has been the driving force in putting Maryland women’s basketball in a position of national prominence during her time here in College Park,” Anderson said. “Her 2006 national title, ACC dominance and consistent top recruiting classes have made Maryland a contender year after year.”

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to ensure that her passion and vision will enable us to remain as one of the top programs in the country for many years to come.”

Frese brought the Terrapins their first national title back in 2006 and has earned an overall record of 280-81 (.749) in her time in College Park. The Terps have finished in the top four of the ACC in six of the last seven years and won the 2009 and 2012 ACC titles. In her 11 postseasons, she’s taken the Terrapins to five Sweet Sixteens and four Elite Eights.

The 2002 Associated Press National Coach of the Year has brought in eight top-10 recruiting classes since coming to College Park, and four of her players have won ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

“I really want to thank our director of athletics, Kevin Anderson, President Wallace Loh and the entire university for this extension,” Frese said. “I’m very  grateful to be able to represent one of the top universities in the world and have such longevity. I’ve been fortunate to have great players, a terrific staff and an incredibly supportive community. Maryland has been a-dream-come true for me, both professionally and personally. I want it to be that way for all the great people we bring into our program.

“I truly feel like this is the best place in the country to be in so many different ways. There’s no place that has a better combination of where to live, where to get a great education and where to have a great basketball experience. ”

Maryland has led the ACC in attendance since Frese took the reins in April 2002, leading the league in six of the last eight years. Nine of the conference’s top 10 single-game attendance records belong to Maryland under Frese’s tenure.

No. 7 Maryland will welcome the defending national champion Connecticut to Comcast Center Friday for a 6 p.m. nationally-televised top 10 matchup.

After Friday’s matchup, the Terrapins will welcome George Washington to Comcast for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday, Nov. 19, which will be shown live online for a fee on umterps.com.

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