The University of Maryland closed its 61-year Atlantic Coast Conference run June 9, when the Terrapin baseball team lost to the Virginia Cavaliers during the deciding game of the NCAA Super Regionals. Now, the university is preparing for its July 1 entry into the Big Ten conference.
To mark its official entrance into the Big Ten, Maryland will hold a two-day celebration. The school will begin its transition into the new conference June 30, with a noon appearance at the Under Armour Brand House on South President Street in Baltimore. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, Under Armour leadership, and Terrapin coaches and staff will take part in a program. The event will also feature the unveiling of Maryland/Big Ten inaugural apparel.
The party will move to D.C. later that afternoon. Beginning at 4 p.m., the university and the Big Ten Network will host a block party at the Fairgrounds at Nationals Park. The Big Ten conference will receive the Nationals' Spirit Award during a 6:45 p.m. pregame ceremony, before the baseball game between the Nationals and the Colorado Rockies.
The celebration will continue July 1 at the College Park campus. The second-day event, which will be held at Mitchell Field (near the M Circle) from noon-1:30 p.m., will feature interactive games, T-shirt giveaways, entertainment by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Terrapin mascot Testudo and the university's Spirit Squad.
All of the events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Nationals-Rockies game.
The Maryland athletic program will officially begin its first year in the Big Ten Aug. 22, when the Terrapin women's soccer team will visit UCLA. The first Big Ten head-to-head matchups are scheduled for Sept. 12, when women's soccer will host fellow conference newcomer Rutgers at Ludwig Field and the men's soccer team will play at Michigan.
Two members of the athletic staff at Maryland have earned national honors. On June 11, Anderson and Terrapins wrestling coach Kerry McCoy were inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors/John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation's Hall of Fame during the annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Since Anderson came to College Park in September 2010, the athletic program has finished among the top 35 three times out of four years in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. Maryland placed 33rd during the 2013-14 season, after winning an NCAA championship in women's lacrosse and reaching the Final Four in field hockey, men's soccer, women's basketball and men's lacrosse.
Anderson is a member of the NACDA board of directors, and served as the president of the organization in 2012-13. He has also been the chairman of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee.
McCoy has coached the Terrapins to three ACC titles and four top 20 finishes at the NCAA championships. His wrestlers, including 2014 NCAA runner-up Jimmy Sheptock, have earned 11 total All-America recognitions. McCoy has been named the ACC's Coach of the Year three times during his six seasons at College Park.
McCoy's memorable month will continue June 21, when he will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. In addition to his standout coaching career, McCoy was a three-time All-America wrestler at Penn State. He earned NCAA heavyweight wrestling championships in 1994 and 1997.