Who better to usher in the Terps' eight alumni to the 2014 University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame inductee class than Kevin Glover?
Glover, the former Terps All-American offensive lineman, NFL all-pro center and current Executive Director of the M Club, stood side-by-side with several as fellow Terrapins in the early 1980s.
Glover grew up not far from and played high school basketball against Len Bias, the most notable of this year's eight inductees, before joining him at College Park as a student-athlete; Glover was a freshman at College Park when Terps All-American running back and inductee Charlie Wysocki was a senior putting the finishing touches on a record-setting rushing career; meanwhile, Glover was treated by longtime trainer Sandy Worth, whose career spans 40-plus years at UMD, as a freshman football player in 1981.
The University of Maryland athletics department and the M Club announced Wednesday the selection of eight alumni selected for the Class of 2014 for induction into the Hall, none more notable than Bias, who for some 20 years was perhaps the elephant in the room having not been inducted after several nominations over the years. Student-athletes must be graduated 10 years before they can be put up for nomination, but Bias has long remained a polarizing figure to some after his cocaine overdose death following the 1986 NBA Draft, when he was selected No. 2 by the Boston Celtics. He remains Maryland's most transcendent but star-crossed basketball figure, but for years fans have called for more recognition.
Glover said it was a lengthy process, with "a lot of emotions surrounding the way that it all happened. But the selection committee took great pride in going back and looking at everything, and obviously the stats [for Bias] speak for themselves," Glover said. "We just felt it was time to honor one of our best, and nobody can say he wasn't one of the best athletes ever to play here at the University of Maryland. The time was just right."
Glover added that it was also a good time given the Terps transition to the Big Ten this year, as well as Bias having been honored or featured in other ways in recent years.
"We understand everything that surrounds what happened, but we just felt the time...we're transitioning from the ACC to the Big Ten, and he has been honored and recognized by a number of different groups," Glover said. "At the ACC Tournament this past year, watching games his picture popped up a couple of times, that kind of thing. So it was just a great time for our department to honor one of our greatest."
Glover said the committee of 14 worked long and hard, a process that occurs every other year for the M Club. Bias had been nominated before, the last by former Terps basketball great Tony Massenburg. Both he, as well as Lefty Driesell, Chuck Driesell, Keith Gatlin and Adrian Branch had long advocated for his induction. Massenburg was a freshman when Bias was a senior and holds the former Terp in great reverence. Glover said the University as a whole was very supportive as well.
Glover wanted to personally contact each inductee before the news became public, especially James and Lonise Bias, Len's parents. He reached out to Lonise Bias and asked for a meeting, which took place at her nearby office. Lonise Bias, a public speaker since her son's death, had previously visited campus in recent years to address student-athletes while Glover was Director of Character Development at UMD in his former post.
"We shared some stories, history, laughs, hugs, tears, everything," Glover said of the recent meeting. "I just didn't think it was right for any of our nominees to receive this recognition through social media or what not, so I personally contacted each of the inductees."
Glover had an hour-long meeting with Lonise, who at first had some questions and concerns. But she took some time to share the news with the family before deciding to participate fully in the ceremony. The details have not been set, but Len Bias' parents, as well as a younger brother and sister, are in the area. The family lost son Jay Bias, another local hoops star cut down before his prime, in a mall shooting a few years after Len's death.
At the upcoming ceremony there will be a video highlight clip and interview of a close friend or family member at the front of each video, as well as an acceptance speech by the candidates as they are announced. The Terps and the Bias family are still working on the details of who will speak for Len. Glover said he spoke to Driesell and others this week already, the Terps former head coach and Bias' coach, another individual Glover wanted to personally share the news with before it went public.
"He was very, very happy this happened," Glover said of Driesell, who he said hopes to make the ceremony.
Glover played basketball at Largo High School against Bias while he was at Northwestern High School, while later he got to know him at College Park as a student-athlete.
"We were all very close as student-athletes here at Maryland, and over the summer football and basketball players we all lived together down at Leonardtown [dorm] and were all very respectful and supportive of each other," Glover said. "But in high school he was young, I was in 11th and he was in 10th. But he obviously was a great athlete, but a very hard-working, humble young man and obviously we saw a bright future in him."
Glover best remembers the year Bias and Michael Jordan battled during the Terps-Tar Heels game at the Dean Dome, "the back-and-forth battle between them. His explosiveness....his game really developed over the years, his mid-range game, his outside game, where people couldn't stop him on the college level," Glover said.
Off the floor, Glover remembers how "a very humble, a very polite young man who was always willing to take time to speak to everybody that acknowledged him," Glover said of Bias. "But his work ethic. The running and preparing and training....just a very nice, hard-working young man."
Meanwhile, the one football representative in the inductee class is one of the more touching stories of late at College Park. Charlie Wysocki, who has battled bipolar disease and other health issues for decades, has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in recent years thanks, in part, to the support of his former Terps football family.
Glover said Terps athletics director Kevin Anderson personally called Wysocki with his induction news this week. Wysocki happened to be in town on Monday speaking to a youth group. He shares his story as a speaker as well.
"You talk about a great story. And a lot of people don't know what Charlie has been through for 30 years," Glover said. "To see him bounce back like he has the last few years, and how he and his former teammates and the coaching staff here and the administrators here have supported him through his challenges, it's been amazing."
Glover was a freshman defensive lineman at UMD when Wysocki was a senior all-ACC running back. Glover remembered him even before, while a local high school player and Terps' recruit.
"I was a kid watching Charlie rip up the record books of the conference," Glover said. "And coming to games, and practices every now and then, and standing outside the fence watching the guy just plow through people. It was unbelievable. Then having the opportunity to come in as a freshman defensive lineman and practice against him....his work ethic and just his strength and power and effort he gave every play was just....giving something to aspire to as a young athlete new to campus."
Glover said the support for Wysocki -- which included getting him a better home and even teeth -- "just warms your heart." The support group was led by Dr. Mark Sobel, Dave Pacella, Dave D'Addio, all former teammates, who rallied in his support in recent years. Wysocki was nominated by Pacella for induction this year.
Off the field, Glover enjoyed the pleasure of yet another 2014 Hall of Fame inductee. Trainer Sandy Worth, the first female football trainer ever in the ACC, has remained all these years a fixture of Terrapin athletics. She is nearly as ubiquitous around campus as "Testudo."
"It's just amazing how she has been committed and dedicated to this program for 41 years or so now and how she hasn't changed," Glover said. "She is always straight-forward, honest, hard-working. She knows how to get the best out of people. There are no hidden agendas with Sandy, she wants the best out of her student athletes and her staff, and you have to respect that."
Among Terrapin supporters going into the Hall, Glover said Bob 'Turtle' Smith's induction couldn't have come at a better time, what with the Terps enjoying a breakthrough year on the baseball diamond and finishing No. 14 in a final poll. Shipley Field was renamed after him given his support of the program and facilities improvements in recent years.
"He has been outstanding, not only as a player but his constant support of the baseball team," Glover said. "But he is a very humble man, he doesn't want or expect any recognition for his support for the baseball team. And now I feel really good for him because of his constant support and here it is we are coming off our best season as a baseball team. So you have to admire he has been there through the thick and thin of it all."
Looking at the class as a whole, Glover said the committee worked extremely hard and diligently in selecting the eight inductees.
"I just think we have a great deal of student-athletes that deserve to be honored," Glover said. "But if you just look at their numbers, accomplishments...just look at [track star] Edward Cooke, the numbers were amazing when you look back on it. But for all of them, they [the numbers] speak for themselves."
The eight inductees and banquet information is as follows:
Men’s basketball player Len Bias, men’s lacrosse player Bob Boneillo, track & field/football player Edward G. Cooke, field hockey and women’s lacrosse player Maureen ‘Bean’ Scott Dupcak, women’s lacrosse player Alex Kahoe, women’s basketball player Debbie Lytle, athletic trainer Sandy Worth and football player Charlie Wysocki will be inducted Friday, Oct. 3 at a ceremony in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. The reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.
“We would like to congratulate our newest inductees and their families on their selection for the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Kevin Anderson, University of Maryland Director of Athletics. “It’s an exciting time for us to honor and recognize the incredible accomplishments of our former student-athletes during their time in College Park.”
The M Club will also present Honorary M Club Awards to Colin Potts, Leonard Raley, Rosalie Reggettz and Bob "Turtle" Smith for their longtime dedication to Maryland athletics.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $95 each, with tables for 10 people available for $900. Tickets can be purchased from the M Club office at 301-314-9289.
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.
LEN BIAS (Men’s Basketball, 1982-86)
Finished career as Maryland’s all-time leader in more than 15 categories, including points (2147), single-season points (743) and career double-figure scoring games (108)…still holds program records in double-figure scoring games in a season (36) and single-season minutes played (1352)…led Maryland to four consecutive NCAA appearances and the 1984 ACC Tournament title…memorably scored 35 points on Feb. 20, 1986 to lead Maryland to a 77-72 victory over top-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill…earned consensus First Team All-America honors in 1986 and named Second Team All-America in 1985…two-time ACC Player of the Year (1985, 86)…ACC Athlete of the Year (1986)…drafted second overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
BOB BONEILLO (Men’s Lacrosse, 1976-80)
All-time Maryland men’s lacrosse points leader with 231...second in program history in assists (126)...led the Terps in points and assists for three straight seasons (1978-1980)...79 points in 1979 is the second-most points in a season...third all-time in assists in a season with 48...led the team in goals in 1979 with 31...first all-time in points (13) and assists (10) in a single game on three goals and 10 assists against Duke in 1979... 1979 Jack Turnbull National Attackman of the Year...1979 ACC Player of the Year...three-time All-ACC selection...1977 Honorable Mention All-American...1978 Second Team All-American...1979 First Team All-American…1980 Third Team All-American.
EDWARD G. COOKE (Men’s Track & Field/Football, 1957-59)
Helped Track & Field to three straight ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships (1956-1958)...ACC Indoor Champion in Shot Put in 1956 and 1957...ACC Outdoor Champion in Shot Put in 1956, 1957 and 1958...ACC Outdoor Champion in Discus in 1957 and 1958...1957 Honorable Mention All-American in football...1957 First Team All-ACC in football...named ACC Lineman of the Year in 1957…played 10 seasons in the AFL and NFL for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts, New York Titans, New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.
MAUREEN ‘BEAN’ SCOTT DUPCAK (Field Hockey/Women’s Lacrosse, 1990-94)
Lettered four times in lacrosse and field hockey...led the Terps’ lacrosse team to four Final Fours, three championship game appearances and a national championship in 1992...named an All-American in lacrosse in 1994...played six years with the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team...won a gold medal at the 1997 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup...returned to Maryland as an assistant coach for the lacrosse team and helped the Terps to the 1997 national championship...named one of the ACC’s 50 all-time best women’s lacrosse players...led the Terps to two field hockey Final Fours, winning the national championship in 1993...three-time Regional All-American in field hockey...All-ACC field hockey in 1993...won a silver medal with Team USA at the Olympic Festival Field Hockey tournament in 1992.
ALEX KAHOE (Women’s Lacrosse, 1996-00)
Led the Terrapins as a goalkeeper to four straight national championships from 1998-2000...three-time team captain...three-time All-American...two-time NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year...three-time ACC Goalie of the Year...1997 ACC Rookie of the Year...returned to Maryland for three seasons as a volunteer assistant primarily working with goalies...has made stops as an assistant coach at Penn, Delaware, Duke and Vermont...named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team and NCAA 25th Anniversary All-Time Women’s Lacrosse Team.
DEBBIE LYTLE (Women’s Basketball, 1980-83)
Ranks 25th in program history with 1,189 career points...one of 28 players to reach the 1,000 point mark...program record-holder in steals with 315...second all-time in assists with 583...twice recorded nine steals in a game...scored 31 points in a game against NC State in 1981...18th all-time in rebounds with 668... led the team in assists all four years...led or was tied for the lead in steals all four years...led the team in blocked shots and rebounds in 1982 at just 5’10”...1980 All-ACC Tournament Team...1982 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team in a year she led the Terps to the Final Four...1981 E.A.I.A.W. All-Region and WBCA All-Region...1982 A.W.S.I. All-American.
SANDY WORTH (Athletic Trainer, 1973-pres.)
Graduated from Maryland in 1973 and immediately began work as an athletic trainer the same year…promoted to head athletic trainer in 1992…head athletic trainer for the football team from 1992-2004…football team captured ACC title in 2001…first woman to serve as head athletic trainer at an ACC school and only woman to serve as head athletic trainer for football in the ACC…trainer for women’s basketball team that won eight ACC titles and advanced to three NCAA Final Fours…also worked with field hockey and women’s lacrosse, which claimed eight national titles while she was the trainer…also worked locally and internationally with United State women’s lacrosse and field hockey for more than 20 years.
CHARLIE WYSOCKI (Football, 1978-82)
Second in program history in career rushing yards with 3,317...became first player in Maryland history to rush for 3,000 career yards…second in program history with 1,359 rushing yards during the 1980 season…holds two of the top-six single-season rushing records at Maryland…tied for fourth all-time in touchdowns with 26...rushed four touchdowns against Virginia in 1981, tied for the second most touchdowns in a game in program history...only player in Maryland history to rush for three 200-yard games...one of two players to rush for 200 yards in a game in two different seasons...second at Maryland with 17 100-yard games...tied for first all-time with eight 100-yard games in a season...first team All-American selection in 1979 and 1980.
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