UMBC has been around for 48 years, first opening its classrooms in the fall of 1966. Kathy Zerrlaut has been on the campus for 41 of those fall openings. But the person that has coached more athletic contests in the school's history and has presided over the direction of the program as an administrator for much of her tenure has announced her retirement at the end of June 2014.
The Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation will celebrate Ms. Zerrlaut's distinguished career with a retirement open house on Thursday, June 19. The event will be held in the Skylight Room of the University Commons and will commence at 4:00 p.m. and run until 6:00 p.m.
In the fall of 1973, Kathy was hired by athletic director Dick Watts to upgrade the fledgling volleyball and women's lacrosse squads at the university. The Baltimore native and Lansdowne High School graduate had just earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Frostburg State, after competing in lacrosse, basketball and field hockey for the Bobcats.
After a total rebuilding of the lacrosse program, the 1977 team posted an 11-1 record. Her 1984 team, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, won the ECAC Division II title, and the 1985 and 1986 squads were ranked No. 1 in the nation, earning their mentor USWLA Coach of the Year honors.
Kathy also coached the volleyball team for 17 seasons, compiling a record of 272-281-3. She saw both programs into the Division I era, stepping down from volleyball in 1989 and saying farewell to lacrosse after the 1996 campaign.
In total, the UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame member (elected in 2006) coached 850 intercollegiate contests for the black and gold.
In 1981, Kathy participated in the first-ever NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship committee, setting the stage for her exemplary administrative tenure. Since the mid-1990's, she has served as UMBC Athletics' Senior Women's Administrator and its NCAA compliance officer. Among her wide array of appointments, she was selected to serve on the prestigious NCAA Management Council and chaired the 2004 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships committee.
Kathy Zerrlaut is one of just ten UMBC employees, past or present, to complete 41 years of service to the university.
Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the open house. To contribute to a gift, please contact Carla Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-455-2126. Checks may be made payable to Carla and sent to UMBC Athletics no later than June 10, 2014.