Former Maryland basketball head coaches Lefty Driesell and Chris Weller along with legendary Terrapins’ broadcaster Johnny Holiday were among a seven member class inducted last month into the Washington, D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
The honorees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby brining 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.