Aug. 6, 2012
Release courtesy of UMTerps.com
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Eight Maryland alumni have been selected for the Class of 2012 for induction to the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, athletics department and `M' Club officials announced recently.
Men's basketball player Juan Dixon, former coaches Tom Bradley (baseball) and Cindy Timchal (women's lacrosse), football player Paul Vellano, field hockey player Carla Tagliente and women's lacrosse players Jen Adams and Sarah Forbes will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 5 at a ceremony at Riggs Alumni Center. Longtime `M' Club fundraiser Leonard Rodman will be inducted for meritorious service.
In addition, Terrapin football alumnus Tim Brant will receive the 'M' Club's Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. Brant, a former linebacker at Maryland, has continued to be involved in collegiate athletics as the sports director at WJLA-TV in Washington and as a play-by-play announcer for the ACC Network.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $85 each, with tables for 10 people available for $800. Tickets can be purchased from the `M' Club office at 301-314-2619.
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.
Cindy Timchal (Women's Lacrosse Head Coach, 1991-2006)
Won eight NCAA national championships as head coach at Maryland, including seven straight (1992, 1995-2001)... Went 260-46 at Maryland, winning 85 percent of her games... Winningest coach in NCAA women's lacrosse history, with a 412-108 career record in 30 seasons through 2012... National Coach of the Year in 1999 and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year four times... Recognized as head coach of NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team in 2006... Had 20 of her former players as head or assistant coaches in 2012... Currently the head coach at the Naval Academy, where she will begin her sixth season in the spring... Navy's appearance in 2012 NCAA Tournament was Timchal's 24th, as she is the only women's lacrosse coach to lead three different schools to the NCAAs.