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Driesell to be inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame

Lefty Driesell, seen here during his first season at University of Maryland.  COURTESY PHOTOLefty Driesell during his first season at University of Maryland. COURTESY PHOTO  Finally.
Former University of Maryland head coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It’s about time.
Driesell, a former Silver Spring resident, was honored over the weekend with the announcement of the crowning achievement of his coaching career.
The father of Springbrook High School graduate Chuck Driesell, Lefty will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
“He deserves it,” said Rockville High School graduate Brian Howard, who played at Georgia Tech in the 1980s, “How can he not be in the Hall of Fame?”

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Driesell leaves the Citadel for San Jose State

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basketball on floorAfter spending the past five seasons as head coach of the men’s basketball program at The Citadel, Springbrook High graduate Chuck Driesell will get a new beginning at San Jose State.

Driesell, a former Springbrook basketball standout, parted ways with The Citadel in March after the school opted not to renew his contract.

The former Silver Spring resident will join Spartans’ head coach Dave Wojcik’s staff as an assistant for the upcoming season.

“Chuck brings an unrivaled level of coaching experience to our program,” said Wojcik. “He has been very successful as both an assistant and head coach at every level. Chuck is a relentless recruiter, possesses a tremendous basketball IQ, and has a great presence on the court. Our players and coaches all look forward to learning from Coach Driesell on a daily basis.”

Driesell, the son of former Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell, compiled a 42-113 record during his stint at The Citadel. The Bulldogs finished the 2014-15 campaign with a 12-18 record, marking the most wins in Driesell’s tenure at the South Carolina school.

Driesell was a four-year letterwinner at Maryland from 1981 through 1985 and was part of four postseason teams under his father’s leadership.

Driesell reached the NCAA Tournament three times as a shooting guard at Maryland, and went back to the big dance as many times during a return to his alma mater as an assistant coach. His 12 postseason appearances as a player and coach include seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and five NIT bids.

“There is not a better person for us to bring into this program than Chuck Driesell,” said Wojcik. “Not only is he an elite recruiter and coach, but he is one of the best people I have been around in this profession.”

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Seven inducted into Washington D.C. sports Hall of Fame

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dreisselFormer Maryland basketball head coaches Lefty Driesell and Chris Weller along with legendary Terrapins’ broadcaster Johnny Holiday were among a seven member class inducted into the Washington, D.C. Sports Hall of Fame Sunday.
The honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the Nation’s Capital. Also inducted were Olaf “Olie” Kolzig, George Solomon, Theodore N. Lerner and Michael Weiss who joined a select group of Washington-area standout athletes and sports personalities already in the Hall of Fame.
Each new inductee received a Washington, D.C. Sports Hall of Fame plaque commemorating their induction during a pregame ceremony, and their names will be added to the Hall of Fame display at Nationals Park.
“As a native Washingtonian, and a huge sports fan, it is a thrill to induct this new class of honorees into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame,” said Charlie Brotman, co-chair of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame and Founder/CEO of Brotman-Winter-Fried (a division of Sage Communications). “We now have more than 100 members in this exclusive club, all of who helped further the high standards of athletics in the Greater Washington community.”
As head coach of the Maryland men’s basketball program, Driesell won 348 games in 17 seasons from 1969-1986 and built the Terrapins into a perennial ACC contender while developing such players as Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King and Buck Williams.
Meanwhile, Weller guided her alma mater to a national title game and three Final Four appearances in 27 seasons as head coach of the women’s basketball team. Holliday joined the Terrapin Sports Radio Network in 1979 and has called some of the most memorable moments in Maryland sports history including the men’s basketball 2002 national championship season and the 2004 ACC Tournament title.

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