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.
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