"A Special Evening!"
That was the phrase heard repeatedly in the aftermath of the 21st UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductions, which took place on Friday, April 5 at the UMBC Event Center.
The 2019 induction class consisted of two former student-athletes - Marcus Gross, '06, and Drew Westervelt, '07, and iconic UMBC coaches Pete Caringi and Don Zimmerman.
Caringi coached Gross on the soccer fields of UMBC, while Zimmerman did the same with Westervelt in lacrosse at UMBC Stadium.
Caringi's son, Pete, III, and Zimmerman's son, Jake, each presented his father for induction. Both competed for four years under the tutelage of their fathers at UMBC.
UMBC Associate Head Soccer Coach Anthony Adams, '95, who recruited Gross from England, presented him for induction, while UMBC Hall of Famer Brendan Mundorf, '06, welcomed his long-time linemate Westervelt into the distinguished 129-member group.
UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Athletics Director Tim Hall struck chords of the human spirit, family and integration in their opening remarks.
#RetrieverNation was able to show off the new UMBC Event Center and its high-definition quality video and ribbon boards and sound and lighting systems.
UMBC Athletics would like to thank Ashby Point Capital and Hex Performance for their sponsorship of the event. In addition, the athletics department would like to thank The Oak View Group, UMBC Event & Conference Services, Chartwell's and The UMBC New Media Studio for their assistance.
The 22nd Hall of Fame inductions are planned for the spring of 2020.
A photo gallery and videos from the evening will be available later this month on the Hall of Fame link of www.umbcretrievers.com.