Kevin's Corner: Looking Back & Ahead

Dec. 17, 2012


Hello Terp Fans:

We had a very successful fall season of competition and I am proud of the commitment and dedication our student-athletes, coaches and administration have for our athletic department and university.

Maryland currently ranks 11th in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings with 216 points. This fall, we had semifinal appearances from our men's soccer team and field hockey program and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament by our women's soccer program.

Keep it going Terps! Here are highlights and a look back at our outstanding fall semester.

· A salute to the women's cross country team for their first place finish in the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational. The Terps saw the emergence of junior Becky Yep as the team's leading harrier this fall and she led Maryland to the line in each of the team's final three competitions. Senior Anna Roth capped off a solid career by winning the team's first meet of the season and then continued to be one of the Terps' top finishers.

· A salute to Missy Meharg and the field hockey team. Meharg celebrated her 25th season at the helm of the dominant field hockey program and led the Terps to their fifth straight Final Four. This year's senior class competed in four Final Fours, won two ACC titles and two NCAA titles.

· A salute to football as our 17 seniors served as such great leaders during a season where 15 true freshmen saw playing time, the third highest total in the FBS. The seniors took ownership of the program and laid the groundwork for what we are building in the future. A congratulations is in order for five of those seniors who earned All-ACC honors: DL Joe Vellano (first team), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (second team), LB Darin Drakeford (honorable mention), A.J. Francis (honorable mention) and Kenneth Tate (honorable mention).

· A salute to director of intercollegiate golf Jason Rodenhaver, who had his men's and women's teams competing at a high level this fall. Sean Bosdosh of the men's team captured the individual championships at the VCU Shootout in September and the Firestone Invitational in October. Bosdosh finished second in the ACC in scoring average and will lead the team this spring. The women's team won the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate in October and finished in the top-5 four times out of five events. Two Terps - Christine Shimel and Juliet Vongphoumy - finished in the top seven in the ACC in scoring average.

· A salute to men's soccer team which wrapped up another stellar year in 2012. The ACC champion Terps led the nation in winning percentage (.896) and scoring (64 goals). The Terps raced out to a 14-0-1 record, marking the best start in school history. Sasho Cirovski led the Terps to their 12 appearance in the College Cup in school history.

· A salute to the Maryland volleyball team as it won seven of its last 10 matches to finish with a 17-15 record, and congratulations to sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher for earning AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors as well as being named to the AVCA Honorable Mention All-East Region team and All-ACC team.

Welcome to The Big Ten Conference

On Nov. 19, the University of Maryland announced that we would join the Big Ten Conference in 2014. We are looking forward to beginning the next chapter in Maryland Athletics.

The Big Ten is a perfect fit for "The Maryland Way." Our new partners share our mission and vision to be the best in everything we do - in addition to sharing the same core values. The Big Ten is much more than an athletic conference. It is a partnership of outstanding flagship institutions - just like the University of Maryland.

The Big Ten offers us the best possible future. First and foremost, it gives us financial security and sustainability. Last week, the President's Commission on ICA announced they will begin to explore long-term investments of Big Ten revenue starting in 2014 for the reinstatement of some sports that were eliminated last year.

Moreover, the move to the Big Ten Conference will help us to improve many areas of the department and provide an even better experience for our student-athletes. We will begin to establish new traditions, rivalries and competition within the Big Ten. The conference features outstanding athletic programs across many sports and we look forward to competing against them on the field and in the classroom.

Our students, alumni, and donors will begin to enjoy the rivalries that we will now have with many of the storied programs in college athletics. This also presents a new opportunity to expand our base in new states and reach alumni that we haven't connected with in the past.

We recognize how passionate our fanbase is about our university and traditions and these exciting matchups against Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and the other outstanding universities in the nation's top conference makes this a perfect fit for the University of Maryland.

We look forward to embarking on this new adventure and we thank you for your passion and support of Maryland Athletics.

The Terps have a few home events left in the 2012 that I wanted to invite you to if you were around campus during the holidays.

Here is a schedule below.

Friday, Dec. 21
Men's Basketball vs. Stony Brook 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28
Women's Basketball vs. Brown Noon

Saturday, Dec. 29
Men's Basketball vs. Delaware State 12:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. UMES/Hartford 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1
Men's Basketball vs. IUPUI 3:00 p.m.

I look forward to seeing you on campus. Happy Holidays!

Go Terps!