WESTMINSTER — Five Maryland natives who fashioned outstanding athletic careers at Western Maryland College and still live in the state were honored by their alma mater with induction into the college's Sports Hall of Fame yesterday.
Jerry Phipps of Cockeysville, Charles White of Laytonsville, Lynn Glaeser Damiano of Ellicott City, Charles "Skip" Brown of Arnold, and Ken Volk of Towson comprise the Hall of Fame's Class of1991, which brings its membership to 88 former Green Terror greats.
Phipps, a Salisbury native and a Wicomico High School graduate, played football, basketball and baseball for two seasons each at Western Maryland after transferring from the University of Maryland.
The member of the Class of 1951 intercepted eight passes from his safety position in 1950, scored 310 points for the basketball team in two years and posted a 7-1 record as a senior pitcher.
After graduation, Phipps made basketball his primary career focus, both as a coach and as an official.
He directed the Essex Community College team in1990-1991, his 27th season coaching on the hardwoods. His record in the first 26 was 572-139, with stops at Baltimore City College High School, the Community College of Baltimore, Woodlawn High School and aprevious one-year stint at Essex.
Phipps, who also earned a master's degree from Western Maryland in 1968, retired as a basketball referee after 35 years with memberships in both the Collegiate Basketball Officials of America and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.
White played the same three sports as Phipps, completing four seasons with the basketball and baseball squads andthree on the football field.
He topped the 1954 football team in scoring with 25 points and in receptions with 11 for 282 yards. His basketball production totaled 470 points, and he batted over .300 in each baseball campaign. White received the Alexander Medal in 1955.
After receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the Army upon graduation, White attended officer training school at Fort Benning, Ga., and served 16 months of active duty in Korea.
White, also of the Class of 1955, has built a career in the insurance industry, achieving Chartered Life Underwriter status and earning the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow title.
Damiano, who married former Green Terror quarterback Joe Damiano in 1980, was a four-year volleyball and lacrosse standout as a member of the Class of 1978. She was the Most Valuable Player in both sports as a senior and earned the Women's Alumnae Athletic Award as the most outstanding female athlete that year.
She is tied for 12th in goals in Western Maryland women's lacrosse history with 41.
The Towson High School graduate is now active in aerobics, teaching classes to both children and adults in four Maryland counties.
Volk, of the Class of 1947, used a term as aGreen Terror tennis player to propel himself to success on the amateur doubles level.
During his first two seasons in 1942 and 1943, the team registered a 24-match winning streak. Upon his return from military service, much of which he spent in hospitals after receiving wounds in the Philippines, he captained the Green Terrors to a combined 19-4 mark in 1946 and 1947.
Volk, who retired after 35 years as a dentist, has accumulated more than 200 titles in doubles tournaments up and down the East Coast.
He also is now coaching the sport, directing the women's program at Towson State University.
As a Western Maryland student, Brown, an Annapolis native, was a four-year performer in football and baseball and also participated in basketball and track.
On the baseball diamond, the 1962 graduate remains one of the school's leading all-time hitters, currently in 10th place witha .339 career average.
After teaching and coaching at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla., for five years after graduation, Brown returned to Western Maryland for a year to earn his master's degree in 1968.
He then accepted a position at Anne Arundel Community College and has remained there since. He has become associate professor of physical education, has coached several Pioneer teams and has served as both athletic director and chairman of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Division.
It is his work with the AACC baseball squad that earned the Annapolis High School graduate the most renown. The Pioneers have captured seven state junior college titles, andhis 1974 team went on to place third in the NJCAA tournament.
This year's class was the 14th to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame since its chartering in 1978.