April 16, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland athletics department honored legendary basketball coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell with the unveiling of a bronze bas-relief in Comcast Center Tuesday evening.
Former players, staff members and supporters gathered for a ceremony in Comcast Center to pay tribute to Driesell, who spent 17 seasons as head coach at Maryland. Among the former players in attendance were Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Derick Lewis, Steve Shephard, Buck Williams and Walt Williams.
"I just want to thank all my players," said Driesell. "It was tremendous seeing them. This honor is for them more than it is for me."
Maryland alumnus Tim Brant emceed the program, which included remarks from McMillen, Elmore, director of athletics Kevin Anderson, head coach Mark Turgeon, U.S. congressman Steny Hoyer and former coach Terry Holland.
In addition to the bas-relief that was unveiled on Tuesday, Driesell was also honored at Maryland's home win over Clemson on Feb. 23.
"I found out what Lefty meant to everyone here when we marched him out to half court this February and they gave him such a loud and long ovation that they wouldn't let him leave," said Anderson. "This is a great night for Maryland."
In his 17 seasons at Maryland, Driesell compiled a 348-159 record, won one ACC title and led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of "Midnight Madness" to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971.
He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, and is a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.