M Club plans to honor Driesell with Hall of Fame induction

Ex-UM basketball coach, 5 others to be feted May 3


November 25, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

On May 3, Maryland will write the final chapter in the successful but sometimes turbulent basketball coaching career of Lefty Driesell at the school when the M Club inducts him into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.

Driesell, 69, guided the Terps to eight NCAA tournaments in 17 years at the school, including three appearances in the round of 16 and two in the final eight. He also had eight Top 20 teams, five Top 10 squads, one ACC tournament champion, six ACC tourney finalists and seven All-Americas.

His record at Maryland was 348-159, and he now has an overall record of 763-378 at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State.

"Maryland was going nowhere in basketball when Lefty arrived there," said former Maryland athletic director Jim Kehoe who hired Driesell in March 1969.

"With Driesell and [football coach] Jerry Claiborne [hired in 1972], I felt I had two of the best in the business. I was proud to be at Lefty's side at Maryland and it now is most enjoyable seeing him go into hall of fame."

Also being inducted will be Ed "Big Mo" Modzelewski, star fullback on the 1951 team that went 10-0 and won the Sugar Bowl; Albert King, the school's second-leading all-time scorer with 2,058 points; recently retired lacrosse coach Dick Edell, who took the school to six final four berths and three NCAA championship games and had a 171-76 record in 18 years; Gene Heiser, who played for the Chicago Cubs after an outstanding ACC career; and women's basketball All-America Jasmina Perazic.

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