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.