In honor of Lefty’s legacy, the University of Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will be dedicating a bronze Bas-Relief of the legendary coach in Comcast Center on April 16, 2013. The recognition of Coach Driesell will celebrate his seventeen-year career at Maryland. The Bas-relief is being created by Maryland artist Antonio Mendez.
Maryland Athletics is raising funds to help fund the dedication piece and athletic scholarship in honor of Lefty. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be made through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation ($50 of the total contribution is not tax-deductible).
All contributions of $500 or more will be recognized with an invitation to the unveiling reception on April 16, 2013. Contributions of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a plaque in Comcast Center with the following levels of recognition:
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Please make checks payable to “UMCP Foundation” and mail to:
Maryland Athletics – Honor Lefty
2707 Comcast Center – Terrapin Trail
College Park, MD 20742
Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents.
-The fifth winningest Division I coach (786 wins) when he retired in 2003.
-Led Maryland to 8 NCAA Tournament appearances and 1 National Invitation Tournament championship
-Earned 2 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships and 1 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship
-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.
-Was the originator of Midnight Madness to open NCAA practice each season in 1971
-Awarded the NCAA Award of Valor after saving the lives of several children in a fire at a beachside resort in Delaware
-Coached 10 All-Americans (Fred Hetzel, Dick Snyder, Mike Malloy, Len Elmore, Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Buck Williams, Albert King, Brad Davis, Len Bias), two Rhodes Scholars (Tom McMillen, Danny Carroll) and three Olympians (Tom McMillen, Steve Sheppard, Buck Williams).
-Had 33 players drafted by NBA, including two whose pro jerseys were retired (Buck Williams, Brad Davis).
-Hired the first African-American assistant (George Raveling) in the Atlantic Coast Conference.