By: Zach Hossler
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapin Club celebrated and recognized a successful year of Maryland Athletics at their annual celebration meeting on Monday evening.
The event began with new Senior Associate AD and Chief Development Officer Cheryl Harrison thanking everyone for their support all year. She awarded the Jack Heise Terrapin Spirit Award to Larry Grabenstein, an award that recognizes the member who best exemplifies the “Terrapin Spirit”.
Outgoing president of the Terrapin Club Board, Don Scheeler, spoke about the success of Terrapins athletics in the past year and thanked all members of the board for being such a vital part of this success. Scheeler received gifts from the Terrapin Club for his amazing service for the University as he passes on the torch to new president, Mike Freiman.
"I'm honored and very excited to begin my term as President at such a great time for Maryland Athletics,” said Freiman. “'It is a great time to be a Terp coming off our two NCAA Lacrosse National Championships and B1G success with so many of our sports - not to mention the transformation of Cole Field House now taking place. We are ready to get to work for a record year raising scholarship dollars for our student-athletes."
Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson recognized the student-athletes and coaches on another successful year of athletics and thanked the members of the Terrapin Club for their contribution to the continued achievements on and off the field. Anderson then introduced head field hockey coach Missy Meharg to make some remarks to the Terrapin Club.
Meharg, one of the University's longest tenured and most successful coaches, is entering her 30th season at the helm and is a seven-time National Champion and nine-time national Coach of the Year. Meharg thanked the donors for their support and positive effects that they have on the field hockey program and all other athletic programs at Maryland. The field hockey program will look to build off of a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA tournament last season.
Senior volleyball student-athlete Hailey Murray addressed the attendees and graciously thanked donors for helping her pursue her career on the court and in the classroom as an environmental science major. Murray previewed an exciting upcoming season as the volleyball team will bring in a top-10 recruiting class for 2017.
The Terrapin Club is a crucial part of the success to the athletic programs at Maryland, with another exciting and promising year right around the corner for the Terrapins.