May 20, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The football locker room at Gossett Football Team House is currently undergoing a major renovation for the first time in two decades thanks in large part to a generous donation by a former football player.
The locker room project is set to be completed when the team returns to campus on May 28 for summer classes. The renovation will feature brand new oak lockers, new custom carpet, custom lighting, and specially designed furniture.
This project is entirely funded by a group of donors led by Rich and Laura Novak. Novak is a former Maryland quarterback, who earned honorable mention All-ACC honors by United Press International in 1960, led the Terrapins to an 18-12 record in his three-year career. In 1961, his final season, the Terps went 7-3 with two wins over top 10 teams - Penn State and Syracuse.
Novak led Maryland in total offense in 1959 and three times in his career directed wins over West Virginia. Under head coach Tom Nugent, Novak threw for 1,262 yards and 10 TDs while also rushing for 550 yards in his career.
"Our goal at Maryland is to give our student-athletes everything they need to be successful on and off the field," said Head Coach Randy Edsall. "Thanks to the generous group of donors led by Rich and Laura Novak, we were able to make this great addition to the Gossett Football Team House. The locker room renovation will benefit our current and future student-athletes."
The completion of this project marks the third major overhaul to benefit the football program in as many years. Last summer a new FieldTurf Revolution surface was installed at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Tedrick Performance Center in Gossett Football Team House was renovated in 2011.