COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland department of athletics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American player to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Hill will be joined at a press availability with director of athletics Kevin Anderson and head coach Randy Edsall on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon at the Gossett Football Team House. In addition, Hill will be recognized during the Maryland-NC State game on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Hill transferred to Maryland in 1962 and after sitting out one year he broke the color barrier in 1963, playing against NC State in College Park. Hill was also the first African-American to play at Gonzaga High School and the Naval Academy.
Hill emerged as Maryland’s top wide receiver in 1963, finishing with 43 receptions, only three short of the school record at the time. He played with the New York Jets for a short period before returning to school and earning a master’s degree from Southern Illinois. He has started businesses in China, Russia as well as the Pacific Energy Corporation. He also returned to Maryland for a period to serve as a Maryland’s director of major gifts.