College Park, Md. -- The University of Maryland Department of Athletics honored Johnny Holliday, the Voice of The Terrapins, today for his 35 years of service to the university.
Holliday was joined at a press availability by director of athletics Kevin Anderson and head coaches Randy Edsall and Mark Turgeon at the Gossett Football Team House. In addition, Holliday will be honored at halftime of the Maryland-Virginia game on Saturday, Oct 12 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
“Johnny is a Hall of Fame broadcaster who has been a part of so many iconic moments in Maryland athletics over the past 35 years,” Anderson said. “His impact goes way beyond the broadcast booth as he has been an outstanding ambassador for our program and our community. For 35 years, Johnny has been the Voice of the Terrapins and we have listened as he has shared the many outstanding accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches and teams through his powerful storytelling ability.”
Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has been on the call for some of the most memorable moments in Maryland history. Inducted into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, Holliday has called four ACC football titles and seven bowl wins. He also narrated the 2002 national championship season and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.
“It’s just been an honor and a privilege to be able to work alongside Johnny for the past three years,” Edsall said. “The thing that’s interesting is that he’s one of those guys that make everything easy for you as a coach in terms of how he talks to you, how he sets up the questions and the radio show that we do together each week during the season. He is just a true professional and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.”
“Johnny is an icon and one of the most recognizable voices in college athletics,” Turgeon said. “He has had an outstanding career and has been a part of so many exciting moments over the past 35 years. I appreciate his passion for Maryland basketball and all of his support for our program.”
Anderson, Edsall and Turgeon presented Holliday with a framed number 35 football and basketball jersey at the conclusion of the press availability.
“No way did I ever think it would go 35 years,” Holliday said. “It’s been maybe because of the people I worked with. It’s not a one-man show. Those of you in the business know, you’re only as good as the people around you. A lot of guys would love to be in the kind of situation like I’m in. I just very grateful and appreciative to be a part of this great University.”