May 29, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Five accomplished student-athletes, one legendary coach and the `Voice of the Terrapins' comprise the seven-member Class of 2009 to be inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
Soccer standout Desmond Armstrong, football specialist Dale Castro, baseball phenom Conrad Hemphill, radio broadcaster Johnny Holliday, field hockey All-American Kate Kauffman-Beach, current field hockey head coach Missy Meharg and lacrosse legend Charles `Rennie' Smith will join 175 previously honored inductees as members of the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony to be held Oct. 2 at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center.
Tickets for the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2009 induction ceremony will go on sale to the public in mid-August and can be ordered by contacting the M Club Foundation by phone at 301-314-2619 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1982 as a collaborative effort between the Athletics Department and the M Club, the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame pays tribute to those superior Terrapin athletes, coaches and administrators who have made major contributions to the honor and fame of the University of Maryland, and have continued to demonstrate the positive values learned through competing in intercollegiate sports. Induction into the Hall of Fame represents the highest athletics honor the University can bestow.
The members of the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2009 have combined for more than 85 years of service to the University spanning six decades during their illustrious Terrapin careers. They have accumulated 11 national championships, seven All-Atlantic Coast Conference awards, six All-America honors and four Olympic appearances.
"Celebrating the achievements of our alumni and those close to our program is always a night to remember," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow, herself a member of the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame. "This year's inductees are each worthy of our recognition, and the event promises to be sold out."
Summaries of the accomplishments of each member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2009 follow:
DESMOND ARMSTRONG (Men's Soccer, Class of '84, Hometown: Washington, D.C.)
Played midfielder and defense for the Terps from 1982-85 ... a three-time All-ACC nominee and four-year letterwinner ... tallied 24 goals and 18 assists during his 78-game Maryland career ... named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Soccer Team ... earned 81 caps playing for the U.S. National Team ... started for the U.S. in the 1990 FIFA World Cup ... a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988 and 1992 ... played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League and the American Professional Soccer League ... founded the inner-city ministry Soccer Beats, which is now known as Heroes FC.
DALE CASTRO (Football, Class of '79, Hometown: Shady Side, Md.)
A record-setting place-kicker and punter for Maryland from 1977-80 ... garnered consensus All-America first team honors in 1979 as he set a then-NCAA record by connecting on his first 16 field goal attempts and 17 overall ... also received the Walter Camp Award and honored by the Sporting News and Football Writers Association following that season ... earned three varsity letters ... ranked fourth in career punting yardage (8,584), seventh in career field goal percentage (.692) and 10th in career field goals (27) at Maryland ... helped the Terps win 32 games during his career.
CONRAD HEMPHILL (Baseball, Class of '54, Hometown: Hagerstown, Md.)
Pitched for the Terps from 1951-54 ... earned 21 victories on the mound and still holds Maryland's career record for wins ... compiled a .750 career winning percentage ... a two-time first team all-conference nominee (All-ACC and All-Southern Conference) ... helped Maryland win 60 games during his career ... drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 Major League Baseball Draft ... served as president of the M Club from 1976-77.
JOHNNY HOLLIDAY (Meritorious Service, Hometown: Miami, Fla.)
Recently completed his 30th season as the play-by-play voice of the Terrapins ... has broadcasted more than 1,100 Maryland football and men's basketball games, including 12 bowl games, 10 Sweet 16 and two Final Four appearances, including the men's basketball team's 2002 national championship ... co-hosts the Gary Williams and Ralph Friedgen shows on both radio and television ... has been honored by Washingtonian Magazine as `Washingtonian of the Year' ... previously inducted into the Radio Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Baltimore Sports Media Hall of Fame.
KATE KAUFFMAN-BEACH (Field Hockey, Class of '96, Hometown: Reading, Pa.)
A decorated player at Maryland from 1992-94 and 96 ... earned All-America first team honors in 1994 and 1996 ... a two-time All-ACC nominee and three-time All-ACC Tournament Team selection ... named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Field Hockey Team ... helped the Terps claim the 1993 national championship and 1992 ACC Tournament title ... selected a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American ... a longtime member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team who served as captain in 2004 ... chosen as 2000 U.S. Field Hockey Athlete of the Year ... a member of the U.S. Olympic and World Cup teams.
Missy Meharg (Field Hockey Coach, Hometown: Camden, Del.)
The current head coach of the Maryland field hockey team who is preparing to enter her 22nd season ... has guided the Terps to six national championships (1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2008) ... a seven-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year honoree ... has led the Terps to seven ACC Tournament titles and six regular-season crowns ... has accumulated 367 career victories ... her players have garnered four Honda Awards, presented to the nation's most outstanding player, 78 All-Americans, nine ACC Players of the Year, six ACC Rookies of the Year, nine ACC Tournament MVP's and 77 All-ACC performers.
CHARLES `RENNIE' SMITH (Men's Lacrosse, Class of '55, Hometown: Baltimore, Md.)
A talented men's lacrosse player who also enjoyed a long career as an assistant coach for Maryland ... played for the Terps from 1952-55 ... garnered All-America second team honors following each of his final three seasons ... co-captain of the 1955 national championship team, which was the first undefeated lacrosse team in school history ... named the University of Maryland's Athlete of the Year in 1955 ... recipient of the Jack Turnball Award for Most Outstanding College Attackman following the 1954 season ... received the Charles McCormick Award as the Most Outstanding Baltimore Athlete in 1954-55 ... served as an assistant coach from 1960-76, helping guide the team to three national championships.