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2019 UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductions

2019 UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame Inductions

(jazz music) (jazz music) (jazz music) – Good evening everyone, welcome to the UMBC event center for the 21st annual UMBC athletics
hall of fame inductions. Without further ado, I
want to introduce someone that needs very little introduction. He’s the president of UMBC,
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. – We are here tonight to celebrate people considered the most
admired in their profession and what they’ve done when you
think about the hall of fame. But I want to add this to this, it is the notion of the human spirit. One of the things we say at UMBC now is, be your best self, be your best self. What these people have
done, each one of them, as a coach, as a student, as an athlete, is to be the best that
they can be and to connect to other people and help them
be the best that they can be. And when you think about
the meaning of life and why we’re here, it is everything to do with what difference we made in the lives of other people. These are four people who
have made such a difference in the lives of a lot of people, and in the importance of UMBC. – I’ve been fortunate in my career to serve in a number of institutions, and I haven’t been in one that is as integrated as UMBC is and I think that’s evidence
by the people who are here to support these four individuals who left such an indelible
mark on a number of people throughout the course of their careers. (jazz music) (jazz music) – His qualities as a person, if you know Marcus, he’s
unbelievably passionate. His presence on the field, you couldn’t go to a UMBC game, and not see this six foot
four, 200 pound English guy in the back, commanding the back line. He was a sheer presence on the field, unbelievably competitive, driven, and just a true leader. (applause) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) – Pete Caringi, you know, to welcome me into the
program like you did at such an important
integral stage in my life, I’ll forever be in debt for the confidence that you gave me, and the way that you guys picked me up when I was probably at my
lowest point in my life. I’ve now got a professional contract with my team in England,
and I thank you for that, I really appreciate it. I don’t think it really hit me what a courageous
parenting decision it was what a courageous
parenting decision it was to say to your son, “Hey, you should go across
the world to continue your education and to play
soccer” and all of these things, when really deep down
they probably wanted me to continue and try to play
professionally in England, and uh, thanks Dad, because
it was the best decision I ever made in my life. And it took me probably
about 15 or 20 minutes to get off the field
because I thought to myself this is my last ever game at UMBC. We played on the terf field, and I remember looking up at
the stands and thinking… and Erin was there, she
was wearing a UMBC jersey and you know we have a beautiful family, we live in Dallas, Texas. America has been just incredible for me, and without UMBC, we wouldn’t have that. So I love you, and thank you so much. Thank you so much. (applause) (jazz music) (jazz music) – Playing beside Drew for 13 years was the highlight of my career. His passion to win and be the best made everybody around him better. But what impressed me the most was how easy he made everything look. Drew was an extraordinary talent, with the toughness and heart of a fighter, and there is no one
I’d rather play beside. (grand music, applause) (grand music, applause) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) – I need to give thanks
to a huge army of people and if you look at the tables here, it’s probably quite a few of ’em. There’s a huge army of family and friends that have supported me
on and off the field. Zim had an incredible attention to detail, especially during practice and game film. (paper rustling) I believe why he loved this
was exposing individuals to constructive criticism. I believe he knew it was key
for us to grow as a group and ultimately do things the right way, not just on the field but off the field. Specifically Brendan and
Andy made my job super easy. As a fellow attack man, those
guys were the guys I trusted and actually the reason I came here, ’cause I had those guys
in my recruiting trip and I’m like, “these are the guys I trust and I wanna be with.” So this simple game film
example has helped me in my personal and work life, trying to build a startup company, and understanding family
requirements that demand our ability to look at the full picture or the full game film. The good, the bad, the ugly, it’s about celebrating. It’s also fixing things
and moving to what’s next. So I thank sports and I thank
UMBC for that perspective. That’s all I have, and thank you. (applause) (jazz music) (jazz music) (jazz music) – He is a leader, not
just on the soccer field, but in all aspects of life. For soccer, he’s very passionate
and can motivate anyone to become better and
achieve more in themselves than they see possible. As people, he cares how
each player and person is in their lives, and how they do in school, making sure they all know the importance of getting a degree, and
the doors it could open in their lives. Every recruit that comes in, no matter how good they are in soccer, no matter how good they are in anything, the first thing he will tell the parents, the first thing he will tell them is the importance of a degree, because obviously soccer will
never last their entire lives. (grand music) (grand music, applause) (grand music, applause) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (music fades out) – So I went to the
University of Baltimore, obviously had a great career,
had a great first year, and then the next year, ironically, something that really had an
effect on me with the UMBC, most people here would not know it, okay, you’re not going to believe
what you’re gonna hear. Okay, I played against UMBC
the first game of the year at the University of Baltimore, big crowd, very emotional game, first play of the game, I’m running to the ball, okay, a six foot three defender
of UMBC is running to the same ball. He doesn’t even hit the ball, he hits my leg, boom, broke my leg. Unbelievable. Devastated. Bitter. Did not like UMBC. (laughter) – I hated UMBC and hate’s a strong word. The reason I’m here
today is because of you. There is never a coach in the country that is not as good as his players. You can sit there and say,
“Well, he’s done this, he’s won this championship,
he’s won that,” but you’re as good as
the group that you have, and I’ve had some of
the best in this town. And I really do appreciate you being here. That combination of me, you, and Anthony is as good as anywhere in the country, and that’s why we got to where we are. So I really do appreciate both of you and thank you for all you’ve done. Thank you both, Nancy and Tim,
for everything you’ve done for me personally, for the program. I’m here everyday, I watch how
we continue to move forward and I’m really looking forward
to the next couple years and well, months, to
see where we go with it. Thank you very much. (applause) (jazz music) (jazz music) (jazz music) – But I truly believe that
he was put on this planet to teach the game of lacrosse. I know as a coach he was truly
passionate about victories, however what mattered most
was how impactful he was to each of his players. When I congratulate the Don Zimmerman on the induction into
the Hall of Fame tonight, I’m speaking on the
behalf of hundreds of men who had the opportunity
to be led by my father during his 23 year career. And without further ado,
I’d like to introduce my father and 2019
inductee, Don Zimmerman. (applause, grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) (grand music) – I’m up here because
I was fortunate to have the game of lacrosse as a venue by which I could teach and grow and develop and meet so many wonderful
people and friends along the way. You know, coaching is
a rollercoaster ride, and it’s tough to get away from it. When you’re in season, you’re in season, and it’s seven days, 24/7,
and it just consumes you, but that’s who I am, and that’s
how a lot of coaches are. But it’s also important
to be able to step away from the lacrosse, from the campus, and just be around people who, you know, love you because you’re you. And it has nothing to do with
lacrosse or anything else, it’s just a natural love and fondness for one another. The real key to success is recruiting good kids from good families. Good kids from good families. Well… I think back, of all the families, that I sat in their house
for a recruiting visit or they came to UMBC, and the fine people that
we had, that we recruited, and I would say that here, we recruited great kids from great families. Thanks to all the players, and a bunch of you here tonight, thanks to you guys for the commitment that you gave this
school, this university, our program, me as your
coach, and our staff. I could not have asked for greater guys. You know, when I said
I love to come to work, it was to see you guys. This is my son. All you guys, you’re my sons. But whether we won, or whether we lost, you guys always showed up. Now sometimes you needed
some encouragement, but that was my job. (grand music) (grand music (grand music) (grand music) ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ ♪ “Our UMBC” – UMBC Alma Mater ♪ (applause) – Ladies and gentlemen, the class of 2019! (applause, cheering) (applause, cheering) (applause, cheering) (applause, cheering)

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