WESTMINSTER - Western Maryland College's second-leading career football rusher and one of the school's finest gridiron coaches were just two of five Green Terror athletic greats expected to be inducted into the college's Sports Hall of Fame yesterday.
Joe Brockmeyer of Anne Arundel County, who gained 3,022 yards in his playing days, and Dr. Robert J. Waldorf of Alexandria, Va., who directed the Western Maryland football squad to conference titles four years in a row, will be joined by Allen Jacobson of Livingston, N.J., Lester J. Knepp of Augusta, Ga., and John M. Robinson of Severna Park in the hall's Class of 1990.
Brockmeyer was the Green Terror career leader in rushing yards and attempts (670) until this season, when junior Eric Frees (3,718 carries, 3,463 yards) passed him. The 1973 graduate still holds the school records for kickoff returns (71), kickoff return yardage (1,862) and all-purpose running (5,139 yards) in a career.
His 311-yard effort against Johns Hopkins in 1970 remains the best single-game performance by a Western Maryland runner.
Waldorf, a native of Winnetka, Ill., came to Western Maryland in 1957 as athletic director and head football coach. He departed eight years later after guiding the Green Terrors to a record of 40-26-4 and Mason-Dixon Conference titles from 1960 through 1963, and the 1962 and 1963 teams captured the MAC College Division South titles.
Jacobson, an outstanding three-sport athlete on the Hill, also has made quite an impact as a coach entering his sixth decade of service. The Baltimore native has accumulated 192 football wins in 36 seasons of New Jersey high school play, the last 32 at Livingston High. The 1949 graduate also is Livingston's boys lacrosse coach after introducing the sport to the town at the recreation level.
At Western Maryland, Jacobson earned 11 varsity letters, four each in basketball and golf and three in football. He was a first-team Mason-Dixon Conference basketball All-Star in 1946, and was a key member of the 1946 through 1948 football squads, which went a combined 14-7-1.
Knepp, a member of the Class of 1941, earned his Hall of Fame selection based on a stellar four-year Green Terror football stint and an exemplary 32-year career with the U.S. Army.
Now a resident of Augusta, Ga., Knepp was a fine halfback on the 1938 to 1940 Western Maryland teams, and earned All-Maryland recognition in his first year. The highlight of that 5-2-1 season was a 20-13 upset of Wake Forest at Baltimore Stadium.
Robinson was a member of Western Maryland's 1941 Mason-Dixon Conference championship basketball team and a two-year varsity baseball player. The Green Terror cagers were 39-23 in his three varsity seasons, and won the Mason-Dixon crown with one-point victories over Washington in the semifinals and Loyola in the title game.
This year's class brings the Sports Hall of Fame's membership to 83 former Green Terror greats since its chartering in 1978.