Gary Williams lauds BCL's first Hall of Famers

May 20, 2011|By Glenn Graham | Baltimore Sun reporter

As the keynote speaker at the inaugural Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday night, recently retired Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams talked about many of the league's quality players that he had the opportunity to coach and compete against.

When he got to former Cardinal Gibbons and Duke standout point guard-assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski, one of 14 players inducted at Rolling Road Country Club in Catonsville, Williams joked about having to deal with Wojciechowski beating him as both a player and a coach.

Williams, who received an extended standing ovation from the 312 guests in attendance, went on to discuss the importance of high school coaches, their passion and the positive impact they have on players. He said the Baltimore Catholic League, which was formed in 1971 and is regarded as one of the top boys basketball leagues in the country, has set a high standard.

There was plenty of proof of that Thursday, as some of the area's finest former players were assembled and inducted as charter members. In addition to the 14 players, two coaches and two key contributors also were recognized.

The inaugural 2011 inductees are:

Athletes: Larry Harrison, Towson Catholic '75; Ron Holthaus, Archbishop Curley '75; Pete Budko, Loyola '77; Tony Guy, Loyola '78; Quintin Dailey, Cardinal Gibbons '79; Paul Edwards, Calvert Hall '82; Marc Wilson, Calvert Hall '82; Duane Ferrell, Calvert Hall '84; Rodney Monroe, St. Maria Goretti '87; Devin Gray, St. Frances '91; Steve Wojciechowski, Cardinal Gibbons '94; Mark Karcher, St. Frances '97; Rudy Gay, Archbishop Spalding '04; Will Thomas, Mount St. Joseph '04;

Coaches: O. Ray Mullis, Cardinal Gibbons; Jerry Savage, Loyola.

Contributors: John Plevyak, Mount St. Joseph; Brother D. John Smith, Calvert Hall.

Other highlights included former longtime Loyola coach and BCL co-founder Jerry Savage receiving a standing ovation when accepting his award, and the closing words from Loyola standout Tony Guy upon receiving his award.

"The best compliment I can give the Baltimore Catholic League is to say this: Everything that you do and have done over the years has impacted young men's lives in a way very few things can. The lessons learned and the values given were truly worth paying for," he said.

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