Emil G. "Lefty" Reitz, who guided the Loyola College athletic department for 35 years, died yesterday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 82.
During his tenure from 1938 through 1973, he increased the number of intercollegiate sports from four to 11 and presided over some of the school's most successful teams.
As basketball coach for 23 years, he had a 349-228 record. He had a 290-245-2 record in 32 years as baseball coach and also coached lacrosse, cross country and soccer. Reitz Arena is named after him.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Biggins Reitz; three daughters, Emily Reitz-Pelayo, Margaret Ann Reitz and Mary "Honey" Merriken; and seven grandchildren. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Church in Hyde.