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Driesell, Weller, Kolzig to receive Hall of Fame honors

Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland basketball coaches Lefty Driesell and Chris Weller, in addition to the “Voice of the Terrapins” Johnny Holliday, have been named as part of a seven-member class in the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame.

The honorees be honored during pregame festivities prior to the Washington Nationals series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, April 27 at Nationals Park. This year, the renowned sports club will enshrine the following inductees:

o   Charles “Lefty” Driesell – Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Maryland

o   Johnny Holliday – Sports Broadcaster, Voice of Maryland football & basketball and Nats Xtra television host on MASN

o   Olaf “Olie” Kolzig – Former Goalie, Washington Capitals

o   George Solomon – Former Sports Editor, The Washington Post

o   Theodore N. Lerner – Managing Principal Owner, Washington Nationals

o   Michael Weiss – Olympic and Professional Figure Skater

o   Chris Weller – Former Women’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Maryland

These honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital. They will join a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame, including Sammy Baugh, James Brown, Dominique Dawes, Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson, Sonny Jurgensen, Morgan Wootten, Bob Wolff and many others.

Each new inductee will receive a Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during the pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the large Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park, located on the side of Garage B facing the field.

“As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame,” said Charlie Brotman, co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). “We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of whom have helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community.”

Driesell won 348 games in 17 seasons (1969-86) as head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball team, building the Terrapins into a perennial ACC contender. He developed such players as Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King and Buck Williams.

Under the guidance of Driesell, Maryland won the National Invitational Tournament in 1972 and the ACC Tournament Championship in 1984.

In 27 seasons (1975-2002) as head coach of the women’s basketball team, Weller guided her alma mater to a national title game and three Final Four appearances. Her Maryland teams enjoyed national rankings in 18 seasons and she engineered an unprecedented eight ACC titles.

Weller coached four All-Americans (Vicky Bullett, Jasmina Perazic, Debbie Lytle, Deanna Tate) and amassed 499 wins at the helm.

Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Maryland sports history. He called four ACC football title and seven bowl wins, in addition to men’s basketball’s 2002 national championship seasons and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.

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To honor an American hero, this week’s #WNSTSweet16 is about “dreamers”

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To honor an American hero, this week’s #WNSTSweet16 is about “dreamers”

Posted on 19 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’re into the third week of our year long #WNSTSweet16 celebration, recognizing a remarkable 16 years of WNST.net as Baltimore’s sports media leader.

To mark the occasion, we’re spending the year looking into the biggest “water cooler” topics in Baltimore sports history. If you’ve missed our first couple of lists, take a look back on them. Last week Luke Jones celebrated the NFL Playoffs by looking into the greatest postseason moments in local sports history. We introduced #WNSTSweet16 the week before when I took a look at the greatest debuts in local sports history.

As a country this week we’re recognizing one of our greatest Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an incredible visionary and leader of the civil rights movement. We recognized the 50th anniversary of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington just last August and continue to recognize the role he played in bringing social justice in our country as we celebrate MLK Day Monday.

It’s with that in mind that this week’s list is about “dreamers” as well. “The Nasty One” himself Nestor Aparicio will take on this week’s topic, the “#WNSTSweet16 Local Sports Figures Who Had A Dream”.

This is where we need your help. Nestor certainly has an idea of which 16 dreamers should be included in this list, but he wants your help to come up with those he might not have thought of and where these dreamers should rank on this list. Like in other weeks, we’re looking to make a “definitive” list, not just a personal opinion list.

As I thought about the possibilities for this week’s list, a number of names came to mind. William Donald Schaefer had a dream for downtown Baltimore that was heavy in local sports. Former Maryland football player Kevin Plank had a dream for a product that would help athletes in tough conditions that would ultimately lead to one of the biggest companies in the world. Lefty Driesell had a dream to make Maryland “the UCLA of the East”, Gary Williams had a dream for a new basketball facility in College Park.

Art Modell had a dream to re-create a football culture in Charm City, Steve Bisciotti had a dream to take that franchise even further. Daryl Hill had a dream to integrate the ACC. John Rallo had a dream to bring Mixed Martial Arts to the state of Maryland, Bob Bowman had a dream to coach Olympic swimming champions. Peter Angelos had a dream to…well…I’m not entirely sure.

Who else? What other local sports figures were “dreamers”? Where should they rank? Let us know here in the comments. We’ll be discussing our “dreamers” throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We encourage you to discuss the topic Monday via social media by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16. On Tuesday morning, Nestor will unveil the list here at WNST.net and he will discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” Tuesday morning at 8am. He’ll then check back in Tuesday afternoon at 4pm on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Chevrolet” to discuss the list with me.

Give us your thoughts. Whose dreams most shaped local sports?

-G

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Driesell would like to see Maryland move Madness back to midnight

Posted on 19 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon

On Maryland Madness:
“I thought it was a fantastic night. It was what I excepted. A lot of great memories, a lot of energy in the building. Our players loved it. The former players loved it. I think the fans loved it. It was a great night for Maryland basketball.”

On Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell:
“It was great because Lefty started all of this 42 years ago. And just for him to be here. And of course he wanted to scrimmage at midnight. And I said, ‘I can’t stay awake that  late.’ We did our little scrimmage and we brought a lot of past back tonight because of that. And then just Gary. I’ve been around Gary a lot more and it was very cordial of him to be here and do his thing and of course he’s well-loved in this building. It’s great to have those two guys because those two guys inspire me every day to work hard. To have those two guys here tonight meant a lot to me.”

Maryland Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Frese

On Maryland Madness:
“Tonight was really special for both teams. I think for our players to be able to understand the past and what was here before them, I thought it was a pretty emotional night.”

On how tonight represented the evolution of women’s basketball at Maryland:
“Something I learned tonight was that both programs really only had three coaches. You knew it, but you didn’t know it. You really saw it out in front of you tonight. What Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller did laid the foundation and took steps for me to be able to be here. They did it when there was no television or behind the scenes and maybe not as many fans as we enjoy now. All the hard work they put in put us in the position we are in now.”

Former Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Lefty Driesell

On Maryland Madness:
“I am very happy to be here. We are not celebrating me or Cole Field house. We are celebrating Mark Turgeon’s team. I told him, I am not coming unless I see his team scrimmage because I want to see what kind of team he is going to have this year.”

“I told them last year they ought to have them at midnight. I still think it ought to be at midnight. That is the way we drew a crowd because most of the students were just feeling right at midnight. That is the reason we filled it up.”

On the UCLA of the East quote:
“I was at Davidson and we were 27-3 one year and ranked third in the final standings. Coach Kehoe was talking to about coming to Maryland. He brought Jay McMillen to breakfast with us and Jay said, Maryland could be the UCLA of the East. I said, yeah if
we had Tom McMillen we might be. I wanted Jay to help me recruit Tom. In fact Jay drove Tom to campus the last day you could register for classes. So, it was more or less a recruiting pitch to get Tom.”

Former Maryland Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Weller

On Maryland Madness:
“Well if Lefty said it should have been at midnight, then it should have been at midnight. I am just delighted to be included. Women’s basketball at Maryland is a frontrunner because of people like Lefty Driesell.”

On feelings of being back in Cole Field House:
“I cannot wait to see some of the players and I was really anxious to see Lefty and Johnny Holiday. There are just so many memories. I was here 27 years. I was here the last game and had a lot of nice memories at that time. The players are the main memories.”

Maryland Women’s Basketball Senior Forward Alyssa Thomas

On Cole Field House:
“Just the atmosphere and tonight was definitely something special. To see the players who played here and started the Maryland legacy.”

Maryland Men’s Basketball Junior Guard Dez Wells

On the tradition:
“We talked to Lefty about those guys basing this tradition here. This place is special. I care about legacy and this place.”

On Cole Field House:
“It was my first time being in here since I’ve been to Maryland. I walked past it a lot of times, but this is my first time being in it. I have an appreciation for those guys who came before me and made this place the historic place that it is.”

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Terps reach back to past to celebrate Madness

Posted on 19 October 2013 by WNST Staff

The Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams honored the past and present of Terrapins basketball at Maryland Madness in front of an electric crowd of 11,500 at Cole Field House Friday night.

The history of both programs was on display with numerous legendary figures on hand for the event and the atmosphere evoked great games of the past in the hallowed building.

An alumni game featuring former Maryland players Juan Dixon, Walt Williams and Byron Mouton, among others, opened the event. A ceremony narrated by former Terp gymnast and current broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein paid tribute to other legends including Ernie Graham and Vicky Bullett.

The women’s team came to the floor first. Coach Brenda Frese addressed the crowd after meeting at mid-court with former Terrapin coaches Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller.

“Tonight was really special for both teams,” Frese said.  “I think for our players to be able to understand the past and what was here before them, I thought it was a pretty emotional night.”

The men’s team followed, with the players pumping up the crowd with a number of acrobatic dunks.  Head coachMark Turgeon was introduced after former Maryland coaches Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams to the delight of the Terrapin faithful in attendance.

“I thought it was a fantastic night,” Turgeon said upon his introduction, flashing a V-sign and a fist pump in honor of his predecessors. “Our players loved it. The former players loved it. The crowd loved it. It’s one of the nights you’ll always remember.”

The event ended with each team participating in separate scrimmages. Both squads continued to honor the past, sporting the names of former Terrapin greats who shared their number on the back of each jersey.

The men’s team opens the season against UConn on Nov. 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The women’s team faces South Florida on the road in its opener.

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Maryland to dedicate Driesell bas-relief Tuesday

Posted on 14 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Media Advisory: Maryland to Honor Lefty Driesell

Legendary Coach will have bronze bas-relief dedicated at Comcast Center 

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department will honor legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell with a bronze bas-relief dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 16 at Comcast Center. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Driesell will be joined by Maryland greats Tom McMillen and Len Elmore.

Driesell became Maryland’s head coach in 1969, coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons and won 348 games.

Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Driesell’s leadership, the Terrapins won another ACC title and made the NCAA Tournament eight times, including two Elite 8 appearances.

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

- Terps -


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Driesell honored at halftime of Maryland win

Posted on 23 February 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland athletics department welcomed back legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell on Saturday as the Terps hosted the Clemson Tigers.

Driesell, who became Maryland’s head coach in 1969, coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons. During his tenure, he won 348 games, including 28 over Duke and North Carolina.

Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just one NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Driesell’s leadership, the Terrapins won another ACC title and made the NCAA Tournament eight times, inclduing two Elite 8 appearances.

During halftime of Saturday’s game versus Clemson, Driesell was honored at center court and received a standing ovation from the raucous crowd.

“It’s a pleasure to be back here,” said Driesell. “I coached here for 17 years and I always love coming back to UMD. It’s such an honor to be recognized, but it’s also a great honor for my teams and my players.”

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition to Saturday’s halftime ceremony, Maryland will dedicate and unveil a bronze bas-relief of the storied coach on April 16, 2013.

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Clemson

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (18-8, 6-7 ACC) vs. Clemson (13-12, 5-8 ACC)
Saturday, February 23, 2013 • Noon ET

Game #27 • Home Game #18 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center
TV: ESPN2 – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play) & Jay Williams (Analyst)
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)

Storyline

• Maryland plays its penultimate home game of the 2012-13 season when it takes on Clemson Saturday at noon. After playing the Tigers, the Terps play three of their last four on the road, with the home finale coming on March 6 vs. North Carolina. 

• Legendary coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game. Driesell became Maryland’s head coach for the 1969-70 season, when the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and had made just once NCAA Tournament appearance. In his 17 seasons at Maryland, Driesell compiled a 348-159 record, won one ACC title and led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. 

• Maryland is 18-8 and 6-7 in the ACC after a 69-58 setback at Boston College on Tuesday. Logan Aronhalt poured in a season-high 26 points – the most by a Terp this season – but was the only Maryland player to reach double figures. The Terps led 33-26 at halftime and 50-49 with 5:14 to play, but the Eagles used a 12-0 run over the next 3:19 to take control. 

• The Terps have been at their best inside Comcast Center, where they own a 15-2 record which includes an upset over then second-ranked Duke last Saturday. In home games, Maryland has shot 50.7 percent from the field while holding opponents to a .366 mark, and the Terps have outscored opponents by an average margin of 14.2 points at home. 

• Maryland had a streak of seven straight games shooting at least 40 percent snapped at Boston College, when it hit just 35.7 percent. Still, the Terps rank third in the conference in field goal percentage at .471, behind just NC State (.497) and Duke (.472). Maryland also ranks first in the league and eighth nationally in field goal percentage defense, having held opponents to a .373 mark this season.

Driesell to be Honored

• The University of Maryland athletics department will dedicate a bronze bas-relief of Charles “Lefty” Driesell in a ceremony at Comcast Center on April 16, 2013. He is also being honored during halftime of Saturday’s game. Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971. He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame. Maryland-Clemson Series History

• The Terps own the upper hand in the all-time series with Clemson, leading 89-49 since the series began in 1938. Maryland is 52-11 at home vs. the Tigers, including a 5-2 mark at Comcast Center.

• The Terps have won three straight in the series. Last year, Maryland won 64-62 at Clemson.

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Maryland to honor Driesell with bronze relief

Posted on 12 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Former coach will have bronze bas-relief dedicated at Comcast Center

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department will dedicate a bronze bas-relief of legendary basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell in Comcast Center on April 16, 2013, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday.

Driesell became Maryland’s head coach for the 1969-70 season with a promise for new excitement and to turn things around. Prior to his arrival, the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and made just once NCAA Tournament appearance.

In his 17 seasons at Maryland, Driesell compiled a 348-159 record, won one ACC title and led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

In addition to the bas-relief that will be unveiled on April 16, Driesell will be honored at Maryland’s home game vs. Clemson on Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon.

“Lefty is a legendary coach and we are happy to recognize him on this special day,” said Anderson. “It will be exciting for our longtime fans to celebrate Lefty’s return to the university and we look forward to the dedication of his Bas-relief in April.”

“Lefty did a great job establishing a tradition for Maryland basketball,” said men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon. “I know our alumni, former players, and our team is excited to have Lefty back on campus. It will be a great day for everyone involved with Maryland basketball.”

Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.

He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, and is a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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