Posted: Oct 29, 2019
John Jancuska and Tom Maier will both be retiring from UMBC in December of 2019. Both John and Tom have been integral to the success and growth of our department dating back to UMBC NCAA Division II era.
John Jancuska came to UMBC in the fall of 1977 and served as head baseball coach from 1978-2011. In 34 seasons, he amassed a UMBC-best 673 career victories, led Retriever teams to five NCAA Tournament appearances and was named Coach of the Year in all four of UMBC's conferences at the NCAA Division I level. His 1992 team was UMBC Athletics' first-ever to receive an NCAA Division I tournament bid.
John was inducted into the Maryland State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000 and the UMBC Athletics' Hall of Fame in 2010. Over the course of Jancuska's tenure, he produced 19 seasons with 20-plus victories, in addition to 39 All-Region players, five All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans and 21 professional baseball players, including three major leaguers.
Since his retirement as head coach, John has served as a physical education instructor, recreation supervisor and staff member with the UMBC Summer Day Camp. But even during his coaching days, he made a tremendous impact on thousands of UMBC students as a superb physical education instructor.
John and Lee Ann have three married daughters, Devon, Claire, UMBC, '10 and Beth. They also have six grandchildren.
Tom Maier has been a member of UMBC's administrative team since 1986. He has worn many hats during his tenure and worn them all extremely well. The Wisconsin native and UW graduate began his tenure as the supervisor of the UMBC physical education program.
Tom quickly transitioned to the athletics' side of the house and worked in operations, development, ticketing, marketing and promotions during his tenure. He also oversaw UMBC's support teams, such as band, dance and cheerleaders and occasionally performed public address duties for men's and women's basketball.
Tom served as the site coordinator for the 2001 NCAA men's lacrosse quarter-finals, held at UMBC Stadium.
Over the past few years, Tom has gone back to his roots, supervising the department's physical education program. He also played a significant role in the tremendous success of the UMBC Summer Day Camp.
Tom and his wife Meg have recently moved to Towson and their children Jacob and Madeline are both students at Towson University.
John and Tom will be missed by all of #RetrieverNation, young and not as young! We congratulate them and wish them all the best in retirement!