Aacc Plans Honor For Laycock, Herrick

September 23, 1990

The first Anne Arundel Community College athletic director and chairman of the physical education department and an outstanding two-sport athlete will be inducted into the new college Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 14.

John S. Laycock Jr. of Edgewater and Jeff Herrick of Severn will be inducted at 2:30 p.m. during the Bull Roast '90 festivities on the Arnold campus.

The bull roast fund-raiser benefits the college's athletics program and student scholarships.

"We are extremely pleased to grant these two men the honor they deserve of being the first inductees for the new Hall of Fame," said Clayton "Bud" Beardmore, athletic director.

The Hall of Fame is housed in the lobby of the Jenkins Gymnasium.

Laycock joined the college in September 1961 as a faculty member and retired in June of 1986 after a career that included roles as an associate professor and adviser to extracurricular student programs.

He guided the growth of the college's athletic program and was instrumental in getting 15 tennis courts built and lights on both the courts and Siegert Field.

Laycock played a major role in the design and construction of college athletic facilities, including the gym, swimming pool and fields.

The college's first athletic director, Laycock started all of the sports programs at the college and hired its coaches and staff.

He initiated the physical education major, swimming programs and senior citizen fitness program and also added a laundry service to the gym. Laycock also coached several sports, including baseball, tennis, wrestling and basketball.

Herrick also is still well-known at the college and in the community. He spends his day teaching physical education at Severna Park and High Point elementary schools.

At night, he heads for Broadneck High School, where he has been head coach of the football team for the last two years.

While at AACC, Herrick exceled in football and baseball.

His two-year football career at the college was filled with honors. Although a halfback, Herrick made both the All-Region team and the All-America team as a punter.

The baseball team finished third in the nation in 1974 while Herrick was a member. That year, Herrick was an all-conference player and made the all-tournament team at the nationals. He led the team in hits, runs batted in, doubles, total bases and stolen bases. In 1975, he made the all-region team and finished his career at the school with a lifetime batting average of well over .300

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