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MC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

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2011

Bruce Lindblad  - Wrestling
Year attended MC - 1969

Bruce Lindblad


Bruce Lindblad was one of the Region XIX champions in his weight class. Weighing in at 167 lbs., he took second in the Tri-State Championship (1968), assisting his team to five individual title wins. He also placed third in the Maryland JUCO Tournament (1969) and went to the National Tournament in Minnesota.

Mr. Lindblad made the Dean’s List and earned his A.A. in police science before earning his B.S. in physical education from Towson State University in Maryland.

Since 1996, Mr. Lindblad has coached varsity wrestling at Howard County’s Atholton High School, which has produced six individual state champions and the regional championship in 2000—the same year The Washington Post named him Howard County’s Coach of the Year. Atholton High School was the 2001, 1A-2A South Region wrestling champion and placed fourth in the State Championships in 2000 and 2001.

Mr. Lindblad also coached junior varsity wrestling at Atholton (1990–1995), varsity volleyball (1997–2007), and junior varsity football (2008–2009). He now runs Atholton Sports Boosters’ summer wrestling camps for young kids, and has served as assistant coach for the Orange Crush wrestling team since 1999.

Mr. Lindblad retired from Giant Food with 30 years of service, and began substitute teaching at Atholton High School in 2001.  In 2011, he joined the Marriott’s Ridge High School staff as a para-educator in special education. He is a member of both the National Federation of High School Coaches (NFHSC) and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).


 Jerry Kelley  - Track and Field
Year attended MC - 1973

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Jerry Kelley was the College’s 1972 and 1973 track and field MVP, competing in the long jump, triple jump, high jump, mile relay, and decathlon. He was also on the College’s basketball team both years.

He was both the Region XIX NJCAA long jump and triple jump champion and the Eastern NJCAA Champion in 1972. In 1973, he was elected captain, was high jump champion, and placed second in the NJCAA Region XIX for long jump and triple jump.

Mr. Kelley and his mile relay team took six first place finishes that year, upholding the school record at 3:23.6. He set a school record in the Region XIX Championship for the triple jump that same year at 47'4¾". No Montgomery College track and field athlete has since scored higher over a two-year period.

Out of 19 meets in two years, Mr. Kelley was defeated only twice in the long jump and triple jump. He won the first two-day, 10-event NJCAA Invitational Decathlon, hosted by Catonsville Community College, in 1973, earning All-American status there.

Mr. Kelley says, “Basketball coach Don Drown and track and field coach Jim Davis emphasized sportsmanship as a first principle. It is that principle that made those teams and competitions so memorable.”

Mr. Kelley majored in parks and recreation before he transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park. There, he earned his B.S. in finance. He enjoyed a purchasing, sales, marketing, and retail management career before pursuing his second career in education. He is currently a first-year track and field coach at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Maryland, and a substitute teacher at Parkside High School, also in Salisbury.


 Steve Sarles  - Soccer
Year attended MC - 1976

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Steve Sarles captained the College’s 1975 state championship soccer team, taking MVP and All-American honors. He continued to lead nationally ranked teams after transferring to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, where he earned his B.A. in environmental science. In 1976, his team finished fourth in the nation, and third in 1977.

Mr. Sarles recently retired from a 30-year career with the National Park Service. His park service assignments included duty at the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Illinois, Kings Canyon National Park in California, and Yellowstone National Park. He worked as a park ranger early in his career to provide emergency and visitor services to the public.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Sarles managed Yellowstone National Park’s emergency medical services operations and youth programs. During his tenure managing Yellowstone’s youth programs, more than 800 students and young adults spent their summers working, learning, and exploring the nation’s first national park. Mr. Sarles remained passionate about the parks, and took great pride in providing a life enriching experience for the many students and staff who worked in Yellowstone’s youth programs.

Since retiring, Mr. Sarles has made plans to play golf in all 50 states.


 Jim Steel  - Football
Year attended MC - 1986

Jim Steel


Jim Steel was captain and defensive lineman of the year in 1985 for the College’s football team and a first team NJCAA All-American in 1986. He was also selected as first team for the All-Coastal Conference and the All-Region XX. He was a two-year starter at nose guard and a member of the “Gold Rush Defense.” As a sophomore lineman, he led the Knights to a 9-2 record and to the Mid-America Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A criminal justice and physical education major, Mr. Steel earned his B.S. in physical education on scholarship at what was then Gardner-Webb College, North Carolina. There, he served as team captain playing on the defensive line, won the “Most Dedicated” award, was unanimously selected to play the All-South Atlantic Conference, and earned Honorable Mention All-American. He continued his education at Salisbury University in Maryland earning his master’s degree in post-secondary education.

Mr. Steel has served as the defensive line and strength coach at Charleston Southern University (South Carolina) and Gardner-Webb University (North Carolina), and was the defensive coordinator and strength coach at Eau-Gallie High School (Florida). He returned to Montgomery College in 1993 to coach the Knights’ defensive line. Since 1999, he has served as the head strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. He helped to design and plan the University of Pennsylvania’s new 20,000-square-foot strength and conditioning facility, where he now supervises a staff of three full-time, one part-time, and two work-study employees.

Mr. Steel has also been a Muay Thai fighter and a powerlifting competitor. He is the American Powerlifting Association (APA) of New Jersey’s state record holder in the 275-pound class for the squat (820 lbs.), deadlift (740 lbs.), and total weight (2,065 lbs.). He also works with the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Team to help breast cancer survivors.

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2010  


Theodore Z. David - Football
Year attended MC - 1958

David 2010


Mr. David served in the U.S. Navy and carried his love for football to the field winning against Newport Naval Air Station during the First Naval District football championship and was voted Most Valuable Player.  At Montgomery College, he was outfielder on the 1957 varsity baseball team; named Best Boxer and light heavyweight champion the same year; was a standout quarterback and safety in the football team in both 1956 and 1957; and was a member of the basketball team which won the Student Court intramural championship in 1957.  After graduation, he went on to attend the University of Corpus Christi in Texas, where he received a full football scholarship, made the Dean’s List several times and won the Highest Academic Average of Any Athlete Award in 1959. 

Mr. David pursued a career in the Internal Revenue Service as he studied law and earned a doctorate in law in 1967 from the University of Miami (Florida).  In 1997, Mr. David retired from the IRS after serving for 37 years and immediately began work as a manager for his son’s financial services office while practicing pro bono law in D.C. 

Because of his lifelong interest in sports, Ted found time to serve as player/coach in a flag football league in Miami and baseball coach for the Montgomery County Recreation Department.  He also pitched for his church’s softball team for several years and was an avid tennis player.


Adam Haba - Golf
Year attended MC - 2000

Haba 2010


Mr. Haba, a golf champion, held the number one position for the 1999 golf team finishing 5th in the national NJCAA Division III conference.  As team captain in 2000, he was selected All Region XX, All Conference, and All-American golfer for 1999 and 2000. 

After Montgomery College Mr. Haba went on to Wesley College on a golf scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 2003. All these he accomplished while struggling with attention deficit disorder, a condition in which a person has difficulty focusing on tasks, acts without thinking, and suffers from hyperactivity. He found Montgomery College very helpful in preparing him for further education; his talents and confidence which supported him at MC continued to show at Wesley.

Mr. Haba placed 2nd in the 2001 Wesley Invitational, tied for 1st in the 2002 District 2 Cross Creek Invitational, 3rd in the Gettysburg Invitational.  He was a member of the 1st team All PAC (Pennsylvania Athletic Conference) in 2001 and 2002, and played in the 2002 NJCAA District III championships, as well as in the Montgomery County amateur tournaments held between 2001 and 2006.  He coordinates the Andrew Haba Scholarship Golf Tournament at Shepherd College, in memory of his late brother, and is an active instructor in the junior golf clinic at the Little Bennett golf course in Clarksburg, Md.  He was named Montgomery College Athlete of the Year in 2000.


John Mornini - Track
Year attended MC - 1972 - 1974

Morini 2010


John Mornini was the lead athlete in the College’s first two cross country meets in the fall of 1972.  John and Dave Lawrence led the cross country team, taking eleven first places in dual meets, enabling the team to attain a dual meet record of 14 wins, 1 loss.  John and Dave competed in the National Junior College Cross Country championship in Tallahassee, FL, both finishing in the top 40. 

John’s track career continued and he won All-American status in 1973 and 1974, setting school records in the 880 at 1:53.7 in 1973, and 4:11.4 in the mile in 1974, finishing 6th in the nation in both races.  John graduated from MC in 1974, and returned as an assistant track coach to Jon Kreissig in 1980.

With over 25 years of experience in the environmental field, John has performed environmental site assessments, including helping clean up a major oil spill in Panama in 1986.  When he is not working, he competes at the Montgomery County Road Runners Club and helps his brother Joe with the Team River Runner program teaching wounded warriors at the Walter Reed AMC how to kayak. 

As an accomplished acoustic musician, John is proud of a 78 consecutive month streak performing his Acoustic Favorites act at the Royal Mile Pub, in Wheaton, MD. His daughter Joelle is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and Jonathan (”Woody”) is currently attending classes and working for Montgomery College. John attributes his achievements in life to Coach Jim Davis, who taught his students and athletes how they, too, could achieve the goal of “fitness for life.”


Marty Mundy - Basketball and Track
Year attended MC - 1970

Mundy 2010


Mr. Mundy is a top scholar-athlete who participated in both basketball and track while at Montgomery College.  During his freshman year he finished with a 23-5 record and won the Maryland Junior College Championship in basketball. 

During 1971 and 1972, Mr. Mundy attended Catawba College, where he earned letters both years for basketball and track.  Upon graduation, he was drafted into the Army, where he served as a field artillery instructor for two years.

From 1975 until 1977, Mr. Mundy returned to Montgomery College where he served as both health instructor and assistant basketball coach.  In 1978, taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, Mr. Mundy earned his master’s degree in education from Oregon State University.  After graduation from OSU, Mr. Mundy Mr. Mundy taught health education at Lebanon High School in Oregon from 1978 until retirement in 2005.  While at Lebanon High School, he coached girls’ basketball and volleyball for 25 years.  He also coached football and track for three years.

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2009


Joe Adam - Baseball
Year attended MC - 1966 -91

Joe Adam


Joe Adam played baseball for Montgomery College from 1975 to 1977. He made it into the All-American team in 1977, had a 22-game hitting streak for part of the season, led in the national statistics with a batting average of .579, and finished the season at .457.  He worked for Carrier Corporation from 1978 to 1982 and has worked for Denso Company for the past 25 years as a union member for Local 602. He has coached the Olney Boys & Girls Club’s in-house and select  baseball programs for the past 19 years.  Under Mr. Adam’s excellent coaching, his youngest son Brady’s all-select baseball team, the Olney Pirates, accumulated 113 wins, 27 losses, and 3 ties over 3 seasons, capping it with a 15-game winning streak.


Mike Carroll - Track and Field
Year attended MC - 1965-66
Mike Carroll


Mike Carroll served as captain of the Montgomery College’s first track and field team in 1966 and co-captain of the 1965-1966 cross-country teams.  He was voted most valuable athlete on the track team, which took both the 1966 Tri-State and Region 15 NJCAA championships, surprising the then-dominant New Jersey and New York schools.  He won the 330-yard intermediate hurdles event in both leagues, beaten only once. Nicknamed “Mr. Everything,” he was also the lead athlete in the long jump, triple jump, 120-yard high hurdles and 440-yard relay events. The cross-country team never left the top 4 slots in both Tri-State and NJCAA leagues in 1965-1966. 

After graduation from Towson University, he taught at Catonsville Community College where he coached cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Mr. Carroll has been named NJCAA Coach of the Year in 1981. Currently he is Professor/Coordinator of Physical Education at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Catonsville, Maryland. 

Recently, he has volunteered as head volleyball coach for the Howard County Special Olympics team, piloting them to three consecutive state championships, from 2005 to 2007.


Jim Meehan - Wrestling
Year attended MC - 1966-69
Jim Meehan


Jim Meehan wrestled for Montgomery College from 1966 to 1968 as starter for the team.  He was D.C. Amateur Athletics Union (DCAAU) champion in 1969 in a tournament held at the College.  He currently heads the Physical Education Department at Olney Elementary School and concurrently serves as Assistant Athletics Director at Sherwood High School. Since starting out in 1963 as Junior Varsity wrestler at Walter Johnson High School with a 9-1 record, Jim was named 1998 Maryland State Wrestling Association Man of the Year and elected to the Maryland Public Schools Scholastic  Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2005.  Mr. Meehan has been associated with the sport of wrestling for over 44 years as athlete, coach, and administrator.


Dino Miltiadou - Soccer
Year attended MC - 1970-71
Dino Miltiadou


Dino Miltiadou played soccer for Montgomery College and was the first player in 37 years to make it into the All-American Soccer team in 1970-1971.  He led the National Junior College Athletics Association in scoring in 1970 with 15 goals and 7 assists and again in 1971 with 19 goals and 3 assists.  He earned his degree in Business Administration at American University through a soccer scholarship.  He is currently general manager for Auto Wholesale Supermarket in Laurel, Maryland.  As a member of AFL-CIO for 13 years, he has lobbied for union issues, such as jobs workplace fairness.  He currently serves as coach of the Pancyprians team in the Washington International Soccer League (WISL) and president of Pancyprians of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. - a society of professionals of Cypriot/Greek origin. Since leaving Cyprus at age 12, Mr. Miltiadou has made significant contributions in the promotion of friendship between the Greek American community and the American people.
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2008


Tom Bichy - Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Baseball
Years coaching at MC - 1968-2005
Bichy


Tom Bichy has dedicated 37 years to Montgomery College as a teacher and coach. From 1968 to 2005, he was a professor in the Rockville Campus’ Health and Physical Education Department; for twenty-four of those years he was also the campus athletic director. As a result of his years of distinguished service, the Montgomery College Board of Trustees awarded him the Silver Medallion and the status of Professor Emeritus in 2006. Mr. Bichy spent most of his years at MC as the head coach of the men’s soccer team. In 1997, he was named the National Soccer Coaches’ Division III Coach of the Year for Junior Colleges, and in 2005, he was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame. He currently holds the record for most soccer games won by an NJCAA coach with 471 wins. He has also coached women’s tennis and basketball and assistant coached men’s baseball on the Rockville Campus. In 1998, Mr. Bichy was named to the Frederick County Maryland's Sports Hall of Fame for participation in sports and coaching at Montgomery College. He was also inducted to the NJCAA Region XX Hall of Fame for outstanding coaching and administrative leadership as an athletic director.


John Division  - Baseball
Years attended MC - 1981-83
Division


John Division played baseball for Montgomery College from 1981 to 1983. During this time, he was selected for the second team All-American and first team Region XIII, as well as being named MVP for the region and Maryland All-JUCO while leading all vote-getters. In 1982, he was also named as a Standout Baseball Player. Mr. Division began working for the Central Intelligence Agency in 1987, two years after graduating from the University of Maryland. He has served for twenty years with the CIA with a focus on counterespionage. For five years, Mr. Division has been a manager and coach for baseball and basketball in the Mount Airy Athletic Association. In 1992, he was named Player of the Year for the Washington, D.C. Men's Senior League, and he participated in the 1999 "Legends Classic" game at the Frederick Keys Stadium in recognition of his achievements at MC.


Tyrone Neal  - Wrestling
Years attended MC - 1972-73
Neal


Tyrone Neal wrestled for Montgomery College in 1972 and 1973. During this time he twice won the JUCO Championships and Regional Championships. He also was named Outstanding Wrestler in the region in 1973. After Montgomery College, Mr. Neal wrestled for the University of Maryland from 1973 to 1975. He was the ACC Champion and Outstanding Wrestler both years and the team captain in 1975. Mr. Neal has also spent time coaching junior league and high school football teams. He spent five years coaching at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland and nine years at Southern High School in Harwood, Maryland. His teams at Southern High School went to the state tournament four times, three of those times coming back with the state title.


Harold Walker  - Basketball
Years attended MC - 1978-79
Walker


Harold Walker played basketball on the Takoma Park Campus from 1978 to 1979. In 1979, he was named to the Maryland JUCO All-Conference first team and received an honorable mention for the NJCAA All-Region XX and All-American teams. In 1978, he was one of the NJCAA league leaders in rebounds, and in 1979, he led the nation in rebounds and was one of the top leaders in individual scoring and field goal percentage. In his second year, he was named MVP of the basketball team and Male Athlete of the Year for the Takoma Park Campus and set rebound records for the campus that still stand.  After Montgomery College, Mr. Walker played for the University of Buffalo in 1980 and 1981. He was co-captain of the basketball team his senior year and president of the varsity club. He spent a year and a half as a resident advisor for the university. After graduating, he spent two years coaching 12-year-olds at First Baptist Academy, a private school in Orlando, Florida, first as assistant and then as co-head coach. Until last year, he was active in the YMCA basketball program. Mr. Walker is the operations manager for Specialty Floor Designs of Central Florida in Orlando.
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2007  


Vincent W. Bateman - Baseball
Year attended MC - 1970-71
Vince Bateman


Vincent W. Bateman was a member of the Rockville Knights baseball team in 1970 and 1971 and was named Maryland JUCO Conference First Team and All Region XX both years. While on the team, he batted .333 and .341 and led the squad in hits and RBIs. Mr. Bateman was awarded a full baseball scholarship to the University of Maryland where he was Third Team All American and twice was selected for All ACC.


Tommy Davis - Basketball, Baseball
Year attended MC - 1967-69
Tommy Davis


Tommy Davis was involved with MC baseball and basketball from 1967 to 1969. In 1969, he led the basketball team to the Maryland JUCO Championship. He was also a member of the All Tournament Team the same year. After leaving Montgomery College, Mr. Davis attended High Point University, playing basketball as well as running track. A two-time All Carolina Conference selection for track, he was named Most Outstanding Performer in the Conference Championships of 1971. During High Point’s inaugural soccer season, Mr. Davis was voted team MVP and named to the All South All-Star Team.


Lacey Hartley-Hart - Basketball
Year attended MC - 1994-96
Lacey Hart


Lacey Hartley-Hart played basketball for Montgomery College from 1994 to 1996. During this time, she averaged 30.5 points per game and was named NJCAA All-American and Maryland JUCO All Conference First Team. Since then, she has been integral in recruiting and bringing in new athletes. She received a full scholarship and was a graduate assistant at Wingate University in North Carolina, where she is now the assistant coach of the women’s basketball team.


Bruce L. Wagner - Tennis, Basketball, Swimming
Years coaching at MC - 1965-2000
Bruce Wagner


Bruce Wagner joined the Montgomery Junior College physical education staff in 1965. In 1966, he coached the Rockville men’s tennis team to the Tri-State Conference Championship. From 1969 to 2000, he was athletic director for MC’s Takoma Park Campus. Under his guidance, Takoma Park teams won 6 JUCO soccer division titles, 12 JUCO co-ed tennis titles, 2 JUCO basketball titles, 2 Northeast NJCAA swimming titles, and both a men’s and women’s Region XX NJCAA basketball title. More than 30 All-Region NJCAA players and more than 12 All-American NJCAA players participated at Takoma Park during his tenure. His athletic program was noted for its honesty and high integrity, and in 1998, he was elected to the Region XX NJCAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.
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2006  


John J. (Jack) Curling - Baseball, Tennis
Years attended MC - 1967 -69
Years coaching at MC - 1978 - present
Curling


Jack Curling pitched for MC’s Rockville Campus baseball team from 1967 to 1969. During a game against Anne Arundel Community College in May 1968, he set a standing school record by striking out 23 batters. In the same year, he was named All Region. In his first start as varsity pitcher for St. John’s College High School in 1965, Jack pitched a no-hitter against Mackin High School that was reported in the Washington Post. The next year, he pitched a two-hit shutout to defeat Carroll High School for the League Title.
In 1970 and 1971, Jack pitched for High Point University and was a Carolina Conference All Star.

He earned a master’s degree in education from American University in 1976. Jack has taught physical education and health classes at Montgomery College since 1978 in addition to serving as both the Germantown Campus’s department chair for health and physical education and its director of athletics since 1979. He coached the tennis team to the National Tournament in 1984 and was named Regional Coach of the Year.

Jack has served as treasurer and secretary of the Region XX Directors of Athletics. When his children were younger, he volunteered as a swimming coach for Bennington Community Swim Team.  A certified professional in the Professional Tennis Registry, Jack was the winner of the Harden and Weaver tennis tournament in 1980 (and its manager the following year), the City of Rockville 50s singles champion in 2000, and the City of Gaithersburg 50s singles champion in 2002. He has served as a visiting tennis professional in various Caribbean resorts for the past seven years—and plans to continue. Jack has been married to Nancy for 34 years and has 2 grown children.


Bill Goodman - Football, Wrestling
Year attended MC - 1961-62
Goodman


Bill Goodman wrestled for Montgomery College in 1962. He was undefeated in 14 matches and was named team captain. At a match against American University, Bill won in only 12 seconds.  He also was running back on the 1961 and 1962 football teams, and was named MVP in his sophomore year.

Bill had been team captain and Outstanding Wrestler at Montgomery Blair High School. Because Montgomery College had no wrestling team in 1961, Bill competed at the YMCA, where he placed first in the Washington D.C. Metro YMCA Invitational (he repeated that the next year), the Leigh YMCA Invitational, and New York YMCA Invitational. He earned fourth place in the U.S. YMCA national tournament in Lockhaven, Pennsylvania—which operated under Olympic rules as a one-day event with no more than an hour between matches.

Transferring to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on a football scholarship, Bill compiled a 28‑1 wrestling record—winning one match in 20 seconds—and was once again captain of the team and outstanding MVP. He earned his M.B.A. from Indiana University. Bill was named Outstanding Accountant by the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and has served as treasurer for the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky for 20 years.

Bill and Cheryl, his wife of 38 years, have two children—Alex, 30, and Amber, 22—who live in Louisville.


Theodore R. (Ted) Leneski  - Football, Basketball
Year attended MC - 1954, 1955
Leneski


Ted Leneski earned a Best Lineman award and a spot on the Junior College All-American Team as co-captain of the football team for Montgomery College in 1954. His team was undefeated in 1953–54. Ted was also captain of the baseball team in 1955. Ted has owned the Waterfront Park Campground at Moneta Smith Mountain in Virginia since 1971 and owned Tinder Box in White Flint from 1987 to 2005. In the early 1970s, he was the financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus and fourth degree of the Roanoke, Virginia Council. Ted was also the State Director for the Virginia Jaycees in 1968, and the National Director for the U.S. Jaycees in 1969. As a result of his commitment to the community, his name was included in the 1969 Outstanding Young Men in America publication.Ted was part of the Montgomery County Baseball Umpires Association in 1954–55. He received a football scholarship to George Washington University for 1956–58, where he helped win the Sun Bowl in 1957. He earned his Business Administration degree from George Washington University in 1959.Retired and living in Kernersville, Ted spends a portion of his time on the grounds of a Hale Irwin-designed golf course, Meadowland, in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Rudolph (Rudy) Meredith - Soccer, Basketball
Year attended MC - 1986-88
Meredith


Rudy Meredith played on the men’s soccer team from 1986 to 1988 andthe basketball team in 1988. In 1986, he was named to the NJCAAAll-American Team, and set the record for most goals in a season(25). In 1988, he earned recognition for most goals in a career (49)and went to the Junior College Nationals.Rudy transferred to Southern Connecticut State University in 1989and led the team to become NCAA II National Champions the next year.

In 1992, Rudy became assistant coach of Yale University’s women’ssoccer team. He was named head coach in 1995, and in 2000 he becamethe winningest coach in Yale soccer history. Rudy is a three-timeNortheast Region Coach of the Year and has guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Additionally, he coaches youth soccer in New Haven, Connecticut. He has coached teams to become the Snickers U-19 Youth National Champions in 1997 and Snickers U-16 National Champions in 1998. Rudy has also worked with Kenya’s women’s national team.

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2005  


Terry W. Cox - Cross country, Gymnastics, Track & Field  
Years attended MC - 1968 -69
Terry Cox


Terry Cox was the College’s first All-American in Cross Country and Track and Field, a status he held in both sports for two years. He was JUCO Champion and Region 19 NJCAA Champion in Cross Country for 1968 and 1969, placing second and ninth in the NJCAA national championships in those years, respectively. In 1968 he was Tri State Champion in the mile and 2 mile; Region 15 Champion in the 880, mile, and 2 mile; and placed sixth at the NJCAA championships in the mile. In 1969, he was both Maryland JUCO Champion and Region 19 Champion in the mile and 2 mile, and at the NJCAA national championships he placed third in the mile and was heat winner in the 2 mile. His record gained state, regional, and national recognition for Montgomery College’s nascent track and field program.


Dr. Franklin J. Peterson - Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf
Years coaching at MC - 1970-99
Frank Peterson


Frank Peterson coached 36 teams in four different sports—baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf—during his 32 years at the College. At the Takoma Park Campus, he coached the soccer team to six JUCO Division championships and the co-ed tennis team to six JUCO Conference championships; four of these were undefeated teams. He had 17 national medalists in golf at the Rockville Campus, with teams finishing fifth nationally in 1999 and third nationally in 2000. As the College’s first full-time coach to hold a Ph.D., he was named Maryland JUCO Conference Coach of the Year 14 times and Region 20 Coach of the Year three times; he coached eight NJCAA All-Americans—five in soccer and three in golf; and he was voted into the Who’s Who of College and University Professors.


Jerome Vernon Williams - Basketball
Years attended MC - 1992-94
Jerome Williams


Jerome Williams is in his ninth season of professional basketball, having moved to the New York Knicks this year from the Chicago Bulls and, earlier, the Toronto Raptors. As a point guard with Montgomery College teams, he averaged 23 points and 17 rebounds per game, and he took statewide MVP honors in his sophomore year. In his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons, he earned the nickname Junk Yard Dog—a moniker he now uses to promote community outreach projects in Chicago and Toronto aimed at inspiring young people to excel in academics and develop their self-confidence. Also while in Detroit, he founded Positive Shades of Black, to place educational incentive programs in local schools.
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2004  


William L. “Butch” Bernard - Soccer
Year attended MC - 1975-76
William Butch Bernard


William L. “Butch” Bernard ’76 was an All-American for both the 1975 and 1976 seasons that he played on the MC-Rockville men’s soccer team.  During the 1975 season, he was a Second Team All-American, and during the 1976 season, he was a First Team All-American. During that 1975 season, the College’s men’s soccer team won its first state championship with a final record of 10-3-1.   Mr. Bernard was captain of the 1976 team, as well as the team’s MVP and leading scorer for the season with nine goals and four assists. After finishing at Montgomery College, Mr. Bernard earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and he now works in home-construction sales as a contractor in the St. Louis, Missouri area.


Phil Martin - Football
Years coaching at MC - 1982-2003
Phil Martin


Phil Martin was head football coach at Montgomery College-Rockville from 1982 until the program’s end in 2002.  During those 21 years, Coach Martin won over two-thirds of the games that he coached with a final record of 137-58-9.  He sent more than 188 players to play at four-year colleges and universities; 20 of those players advanced to Division I schools on NCAA scholarships, and seven have gone on to play professional football.  His 1986 and 1990 teams played for the NJCAA national championships, with the 1990 team led by quarterback John Kaleo, who won the NJCAA’s Player of the Year award in 1990 and is still playing in the Arena Football League.  Coach Martin’s 1999 team played in the Golden Isles Bowl for the NJCAA East Coast championship.

In November, 2002, Coach Martin was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame; he was selected as Small College Coach of the Year in 1990 by the Washington, D.C., Touchdown Club; and he has served as president, vice president, and secretary for the NJCAA Football Coaches Association.  He was named region or conference coach of the year 14 different times during his football coaching career at MC.Coach Martin is now an assistant football coach for the Shenandoah University Hornets, a Division III team, in Winchester, Virginia.  He is serving as defensive coordinator, taking over a unit that finished seventh in the nation for the 2002 season in turnover margin and boasted at least one All-Dixie Conference performer at every position.


Dan Harwood - Basketball
Year attended MC - 1979
Dan Harwood


Dan Harwood played on the MC-Rockville basketball team under legendary Coach Don Drown.  He scored a total of 1,137 points over two seasons at Montgomery College, an achievement that places him second on the all-time scorer’s list of the College.  After leaving MC, Harwood went on to Boston University on a full scholarship, where he played under Coach Rick Pitino.  After finishing at Boston, Harwood played professional basketball in Europe for several years before he returned to Montgomery County to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a basketball coach.  Mr. Harwood is now the men’s basketball coach at Magruder High School, where he has spent the last 13 of his 21 years of coaching.  His 2000–2001 team was state champs, and he was recently named coach of the year by The Washington Post.  Mr. Harwood also runs a popular basketball camp at Magruder each summer for elementary and middle school students, which teaches the fundamentals of basketball.
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2002  

Dennis J. Casey - Basketball
Year attended MC - 1977-78
Dennis Casey


MC-Rockville Golf Team - 1990
Year attended MC - 1990


Under head coach Dutch Hahn, the 1990 golf team – Bernie Deane ’92, Michael J. Devine ’91, Brian R. Grimes ’91, Michael J. Kenny ’94, Michael Meyer ’95, and Scott A. Peterson ’90 – went 15–0 to become the Maryland State JUCO champions and the JUCO Division III National Champions.  Team member Brian Grimes won the longest drive contest for all divisions at the JUCO National Championship Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona, driving the ball 317 yards.


Francis A. Parry, Jr. - Track and Field
Year attended MC - 1969
Francis Parry


Francis Parry was a member of the track and field team that won the Maryland JUCO and Region 15 NJCAA championship in 1968 and 1969.  He was the MC record holder for both the 100- and 220-yard dash.  He served as the anchor man on the 440-yard relay team that won the Maryland JUCO championships, and he was the Region 15 NJCAA 220-yard dash champion in 1968.  Mr. Parry has taught physical education in the Montgomery County Public School System for more than 29 years, and today he serves as the head coach for the Gaithersburg High School track and field team. 
            
Under Mr. Parry’s leadership, his high-school teams, both boys and girls, have won over 64 division, regional, and state championships in both indoor and outdoor track events.  He was named the All-Metropolitan Track Coach by The Washington Post in 1995 and Outdoor Track Coach of the Year numerous times by the Montgomery Journal and Gazette newspapers.  Mr. Parry received his bachelor’s degree from Towson State University, and his master’s degree from Bowie State University.
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2001  


Wendy Hagmann-Cleveland - Cross Country
Year attended MC - 1987
Wendy Haggman Cleveland


Wendy Hagmann-Cleveland was Montgomery College’s first female Cross Country All-American, earning this achievement by placing in the top twenty in the national championships. She was All-Region XX in cross country and track while at Montgomery College, and in 1984, she was Region XX champion in cross country. Ms. Hagmann-Cleveland was also All-Region in outdoor track while at Montgomery College. Currently, she is in pharmaceutical sales and was recognized as an outstanding regional sales representative.


Thomas D. MacDougal - Basketball
Year attended MC - 1962
Thomas MacDougal


Thomas MacDougal was co-captain of the 1962 Montgomery College baseball team, and was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1962 squad. He earned his associate’s degree from Montgomery College and received a baseball scholarship to Arizona State University, where he helped secure the Sun Devils a number-one ranking in the nation as a starting pitcher. He signed a contract with the Kansas City A’s (now the Oakland A’s) baseball team in 1964, where he played for two years in minor league baseball.


He graduated with honors from Arizona State University, and was the Outstanding Senior Physical Education Major. He later earned a master of science degree and went on to teach physical education and science in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mesa, Arizona, while coaching basketball and baseball.

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2000  


Philip C. Adams - Tennis, Gymnastics, Football, Basketball
Years coaching at MC - 1966 -91
Phill Adams


Professor Adams was a Maryland JUCO Coach of the Year ten different times while at MC, as well as being a Region XV, XIX, and XX Coach of the Year six different times.  He was the head tennis coach at MC for twenty-five years, compiling a record of over two hundred wins, and served as the Chair of the Maryland JUCO Tennis Coaches Association for fifteen years.  He also organized and coached the first Gymkana Troupe at MC in 1968, which included one of last year’s Hall of Fame inductees, Al Dodds.


Helen Dorasavage - Women’s Field Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball,
Tennis, Cheerleading
Years coaching at MC - 1960 -82
Helen Dora Savage


Professor Dorasavage was the first women’s coach at MC. In her twenty-three years at MC, she taught and coached a number of different sports, including badminton, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis and was an advisor for the cheerleading squad.


Russell LaHayne - Football
Year attended MC - 1973
LaHayne


Russell was captain of the 1972 and 1973 Fightin’ Knights football team. He played starting linebacker and offensive tackle. He was an Honorable Mention All-American football player in 1973, and part of the All-Regional Offensive and Defensive Team for the two years he attended MC. Russell was also captain of the MC baseball team and went on to All-Maryland JUCO and All-Regional.


Earl Lauer - Cross Country, Track & Field, and Wrestling
Year attended MC - 1967-68
Earl Lauer


Earl was part of the 1967-68 Wrestling Team, which won the Tri-State Championship.  He was also on the track team, who were also Tri-State champs while Earl was on the team, as well as the cross country team.  Now Earl is coaching wrestling and cross country at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland.


John Papanicolas - Baseball and Boxing
Year attended MC - 1960
John Papanicolas


John was captain of the Baseball team as well as the team’s MVP both years that he attended MJC, and one of the best pitchers that the teams had.  1994 Hall of Fame Inductee Don Comer coached those teams, and both were state champs.  John also sparred it out on the boxing team at Montgomery Junior College.  John is now teaching physical education at the elementary-school level in California.
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1999  


Al Dodds - Gymnastic, Track & Field 
Years attended MC - 1968, 1975-77
Al Dodds


You will remember Al Dodds as the 4 event man, a track and field star, and football player for Montgomery College. His feats included long jump, triple jump, javelin, and mile relay. The team in 1967 was Tri State Champion, Region 15, NJCAA - 2ND place. He was voted Most Improved Player by his teammates that year. 1968 again saw Al as the 4-event man, and he was voted co-captain of the team. The team made Tri-State Champions, and Al won the Individual Triple Jump and Mile Relay. Al's best day as a track and field man at Montgomery College was April 27, 1968, when MC scored 96 and Frostburg State
College scored 47. Al placed 1st in the mile relay, long jump, triple jump, and javelin!


In 1966 and 1967, Al was the quarterback for the football team, but his second season was cut short when he broke his ankle. During these years '67 and '68, Al was on the Gymkhana Team where under coaches Phil Adams and Ted Babski, exhibitions of gymnastics were performed at local schools. In addition to his tenure as a sports athlete and student, he came back to MC as the Assistant Coach for the MC Track and Field teams from 1975 to 1977.

After Montgomery College, Al went on to Towson State College (now Towson University) where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 1971. He was the All State, All Conference Quarterback at Towson. He was also the Division III National Decathlon Qualifier. Upon graduation from Towson, Al took physical education to the classroom in the Howard County School system, first as a P.E. teacher for six years at Hammond Middle School. In 1977 he moved on to teaching high school P.E. at Centennial High School also in Howard County. In 1979, he became the Department Chair of Health and Physical Education at Centennial. Over thirty championships have been garnered under his tutelage, 11 county, 17 regional, 3 state.

Coaching was never far from the instructional side of life for Al. In 1972 he coached the boys' track team at Mt. Herron High School in Howard County. In 1975, in addition to his teaching duties at Mt. Herron, Al became the track coach at MC! From 1977 to 1981 Al coached the Centennial High School varsity wrestling team. From 1981 to 1997, he was coach of the boys' indoor track team. In 1989, while coaching indoor track, Al took on the job of coaching the boys' and girls' cross county team which he is still coaching today. Al was recognized as the Howard County Cross Country Coach of the Year in
1992 and in 1993. Al resides in Ellicott City with his wife Rosemary and his son, Chris, and two daughters.


Frank Toomey - Golf
Years coaching at MC - 1967-86
Frank Toomey


Professor Emeritus Frank Toomey, with more than 20 years of service to Montgomery College, began his tenure at MC as Assistant Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator in 1966. He continued involvement in football through 1968 and then became Head Football Coach in 1969. Toomey took on the role of Varsity Golf Coach in 1967 and brought the team leadership through 1986. Professor Toomey holds distinction as one of the finest collegiate golf coaches. The teams won 56 dual matches and lost 20.


He led the MC teams to fifteen regional championships and sixteen state championships and in addition, they participated as team or individuals at the NJCAA National Championships for nineteen years, finishing twice in the top ten nationwide. This resulted in Professor Toomey being named "Coach of the Year" several times by both the Maryland Junior College Conference and Region XX and XXI of the National Junior College Athletic Association. He served two terms as 1st Vice-President of the National NJCAA Coaches Association.

In the academic realm, Professor Toomey created and coordinated the Recreation Leadership Curriculum. He was heavily involved in curriculum development and his commitment to physical education. He created recreation and physical education programs for elementary schools where he and his students went into county elementary schools twice a week providing a supplemental PE lesson. In addition, Toomey was responsible for the creation and the implementation of therapeutic recreation programs, which was developed for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and nursing program students. Toomey's programs worked heavily with the Montgomery Country Recreation Department hosting such memorable events as the Halloween Parade at White Flint and the Doll Festival at Strathmore Arts. Toomey also was responsible for Family Night for the Community where one night a week Toomey and his students would host a "games night" at local elementary schools, so that athletics and fun was brought to families in their neighborhood community.

Toomey was instrumental in getting Redgate Golf Course built and preserving it for the community's use. Redgate also became the team's home course and site of golf classes for students.He held a role in planning the design for the Physical Education Building in the 1970's and as he feels, "Dr. Chacos was the chair then and he needed some help, so I got Bill Campbell from University of Maryland, a swim coach and professor, and he made several pertinent recommendations to the design."After MC, Toomey became a Major League Baseball Scout for the Kansas City Royals from 1988 to 1994. He became a Charter Member of the Hall of Fame in Waverly, New York in 1992.


Bernard Wolf - Basketball, Football
Year attended MC - 1949
Bernard Wolf


Bernie Wolf, came to Washington DC in his senior year of high school, finally deciding he liked the small town of Washington, DC. Bernie Wolf played varsity basketball and football at MC from 1947 to 1949. He captained the basketball team for two years. In 1949 he was selected for the All Tournament Basketball Team in the Eastern Regional Junior College Tournament in Bluefield, West Virginia. That same year a Chicago sportswriter elected him as one of the eight
best Jr. College players in the country. He quickly became the leading scorer on the court, and could be counted on to pull the team out of tight spots on to winning seasons.

After MJC, Bernie went on to Towson State College, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in teaching elementary and secondary education. At Towson he played varsity basketball, soccer and track,
and managed to find time to coach freshmen basketball.In the early 50's, Bernie went in the Army like many of his peers.

Returning to the states, Bernie got into teaching history and geography to high school students. He then took on the Union Clothing and Furniture Company in Washington, rising through the ranks to management. Bernie took on the next challenge, the federal government, specifically the Treasury Department where savings bonds were his game. He received eight "Outstanding Work Performance" awards. In 1994, Bernie received the Secretary of Treasury award as the "Outstanding Sale Representative" for the whole country.

Bernie currently volunteers as an Ombudsman for the San Diego County Office on Aging, and volunteers as a Retired Senior Volunteer Policeman in the San Diego Police Department.

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1998  


John Kaleo - Football
Year attended MC - 1990
John Kaleo


A star quarterback of the MC-Rockville football team under Coach Phil Martin, John Kaleo came to Montgomery College in 198. Kaleo was voted Junior College All American and was selected NJCAA Player of the Year in 1990 after leading Montgomery College in an undefeated season culminating in playing for the national championships. He was voted JUCO Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Washington DC and The Washington Quarterback Club voted him JUCO Quarterback of the Year also in 1990.


John was named Montgomery College Athlete of the Year in 1990. John then transferred to the University of Maryland where he earned a bachelor in science in Criminology in 1994. Studies didn’t keep him from the game, however, and he quarterbacked at the University of Maryland for two years from 1991 to 1992. In 1992, John surpassed all single season passing records which earned him the title of Maryland’s Offensive Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the Year receiving the Silver Helmet Award. In 1992, he participated in the MVP Blue Gray Senior All-Star Game - a national game that showcases the talents of college seniors for the national ranks. He played professionally in the Arena Football League from 1993-1997. He played second team in 1995 and set numerous passing records in the Arena League. John is now a sports agent with PSI Sports Management in southern California.


John Shearer - Football
Year attended MC - 1954
John Shearer


John Shearer made his athletic debut at Montgomery Junior College in 1952 when he played football at Takoma Park under Coach Rubini. During his years at MC, John also played baseball and basketball. After graduating from MC in 1954, John attended Shepherd College (1954-56) in West Virginia, where his athletic talents were further developed. In 1955, Shepherd was the undefeated conference champion and Shearer was named the 1955 NAIA All-American and named to the All Conference Team. His Williamson Rating was All-American.


Shearer signed with the Baltimore Colts when drafted by them in 1956. That same year he entered the military service for his country, most notably the Marines at Quantico. John became World Military Service Champion, and named to All World Service First Team in 1957 and 1958. In 1964, John received MJC’s "M" Club Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1987, he was inducted to Shepherd College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.John served his community and his country well. He served five years on the Executive Committee of Florida Sheriff’s Girls Villa Classic fund raising events. He regularly consults and participates in several local charity events. John is owner and President of Steel Technology, a design and build firm of light gauge steel trusses in operation since 1988!


Mike Toomey - Baseball
Year attended MC - 1972
Mike Toomey


Mike Toomey came to Montgomery College in 1971 and became a baseball star under Coach Ray Fox. He continued to study and play varsity centerfield at George Washington University where he was voted most valuable player. In 1975, Mike took the position of Head Baseball Coach bringing his team to 3 NCAA Regional playoffs. In 1979 he was voted Eastern College Conference Coach of the Year. The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Mike in 1980 and he also became Field Manager of the Alexandria Dukes of Carolina League.


The highlight of 1981 for Mike was as Coach of the All-Star Game in the Carolina League. He was awarded the Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Manager in the Carolina League by the Home Plate Club. In 1982, Mike was scouting for the major leagues, namely the San Francisco Giants, while holding down his position as Scouting Supervisor for the Middle Atlantic Region. He has been a professional baseball scout since then. The Home Plate Club again recognized Mike in 1985 for Outstanding Contribution for the interest of baseball and furthering youth development in the Washington, DC area. He received the Topps Scout of the Month Award in 1987 and again in 1995. Mike was inducted into the George Washington University Hall of Fame in 1989 and was voted Scout of the Year by the Middle Atlantic Major League Scouting Association in 1992. Mike was named Middle Atlantic Scouting Supervisor for the Texas Rangers in 1994 and for the Cleveland Indians in 1997. Toomey had an advantage in athletics as his father, Frank Toomey, taught in the Physical Education Department at MC Rockville for 20 years. Coach Frank Toomey was inducted in the M.C. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

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1997  


Raymond Murray - Football
Year attended MC - 1954
Raymond Murray


Raymond W. Murray ‘52-54 has been honored for his gridiron performance since high school. While fullback on McKinley Tech’s 1952 team, he was awarded the Michigan Honor Trophy for outstanding achievement in scholarship, athletics, and leadership by the University of Michigan Alumni. Murray received his award at the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C., from Gerald R. Ford, Jr., then a congressional representative in Michigan’s Fifth District.


The year Murray came to play football at MC, Coach Rubini didn’t expect much success. Only seven members of the team returned that year--either transferring to other schools or enlisting in military service. But the team’s fortune changed--they enjoyed their first season in the College’s history without a loss.Murray’s heads-up performance as fullback contributed significantly to the Knights’ success--and his own. In 1953 he received the Most Valuable Player Award and held the MJC scoring record (before Marty Gallagher’s record-breaking touchdown parade of 1954). Murray was also named Junior College All-American in 1953. While at MC, Murray also boxed. He won the heavyweight class in 1953 and 1954.

Murray’s performance at MJC secured him a spot on George Washington University’s football team, where he switched from fullback to guard. He played in the all-conference game and helped the team win the Sun Bowl in 1956 against Texas Western. He continued in the sport while stationed at Quantico in the U.S. Marines. He also coached and played in Okinawa while in the Marines.

Currently, Murray is employed with Capitol Cement Corporation, where he has held several positions during his 34-year tenure. He is a member of the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association and the Masonry Institute, as well as the Washington Building Congress.As a volunteer, Murray continues his involvement in football as a coach for the Boys Club. He also has been a Boy Scout Leader, serves on the Board of Directors of Solomon Island Yacht Club, and is a member of several business associations.


Thelma Nolan - Basketball
Year attended MC - 1987
Thelma Nolan


Thelma Lyles Nolan ’85 – ’87 was MC’s first female star basketball player. She holds many "firsts" including the first woman basketballplayer to make the Junior College All-America Team.Lyles began her career at MC as a recreation major after graduatingfrom Seneca Valley High School, where she played basketball for three years. In her first year, her hopes of playing basketball at MC were postponed due to a lack of players.

The following year, Cynthia Changuria and her assistant Brian Walkerrebuilt the team. The team changed Changuris’s doubts into dreams--finishing with a record of 15-6 overall, 4-0 conference, and winning Maryland’s junior college tournament.

Much of the success of this team was due to the skill and leadership of Thelma. She held the record at MC for most points in a season, scoring 482 in 1987. She was second in most points during her MC
career with 784. As captain and point guard for the team, she allowed all team members to participate in the game. Her selflessness and team spirit came naturally. She led the team in points, assists, and steals. She was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Maryland state playoffs. At the time, she ranked second in the nation in junior college scoring.

Her determination allowed her to be a dynamite player. In addition,it provided her the motivation to continue her education andbasketball career at Coppin State College, where she went on ascholarship. Montgomery College and basketball provided Thelma theopportunity to fulfill her educational and career goals. Now she is back on the court--this time as coach--at Seneca ValleyHigh School. She teaches skills and imparts her knowledge of the game to young players, among them her daughter. She also is a pre-school special education teacher’s assistant at Rockwell Elementary School in Damascus.


William Wright - Baseball, Football
Year attended MC - 1967
William Wright


William (Bill) C. Wright ‘64-‘67 was an all-round athlete and student. When Wright started at MC, he played cornerback for the Takoma Park Campus team that was undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation. In his second year in MC, he played for the Rockville Campus football team. Also in his second year, the left-handed pitcher led the Rockville Campus baseball team to an undefeated season. He had 100 strikeouts in 66 innings. He earned all-region honors and was later drafted by the Washington Senators.


He received the MJC most scholarly athlete award in 1966. Wright also received the Most Valuable Player Award for MC baseball in 1966. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky, where he received a scholarship to play baseball. In 1972, he received a teaching fellowship at George Washington University and earned a master’s degree. For two years, he had the opportunity to participate in a teacher exchange program at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Teaching physical education has been Wright’s life. He has enjoyed a 29-year tenure with Montgomery County Public Schools. He has coached baseball for 17 years, mostly at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School. In 1989 he was named the Montgomery County Baseball Coach of the Year.

In his 20-year career as a basketball coach, Wright has also enjoyed success. He was named Montgomery County's Basketball Coach of the Year in 1984 and his teams have been state and regional champions.His involvement in other sports includes coaching high school gymnastics, track, and football. He has also coached basketball and baseball as a volunteer in local youth leagues. In addition, he organizes and directs free clinics for girls and boys in the Bethesda area.

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1996  


Alex Chambers - Soccer
Year attended MC - 1973
Alex Chambers


Alex Chambers ‘73 anchored a strong Fightin’ Knights soccer team for two years. The Greek-born defender was known for his strong left foot and attacking style.Chambers was a two-time National Junior College All-American and two-time JUCO First-Team member. Chamber’s outstanding play earned him a full soccer scholarship to The American University, where he majored in accounting and finance. After College, he worked in the accounting department at Suburban Hospital. In 1988, he began a home improvement company.

Chambers still enjoys soccer and plays in men’s leagues. He is also a member of the MC Club and is very involved with volunteer efforts for St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. Chambers lives in Bethesda with his wife and two daughters.


Russell Dean - Baseball, Basketball,  Football 
Year attended MC - 1949
Russel Dean


At MJC, Russell C. Dean, class of 1949, possessed the qualities of a fine student athlete: fierce competitor, team player, and leader. Dean was MJC’s first three-sport star in baseball, basketball, and football two years in a row.Dean was the starting quarterback on MJCs first football team in 1947. The next year, Coach ‘Rube’ Rubini decided Dean’s talents would best serve the team in a line position. Dean, the invariable team player, helped lead the team to its first Maryland Junior College Championship. He was named team captain that year.

As a starting forward on the basketball team, Dean was one of Coach Rubini’s favorites. He was known for his all-out hustle, tenacious defense, and knack for diving for loose balls. Dean played second base and captained MJC’s first baseball team in 1948. He led the team in hitting that year with a .396 average and was the team leader in RBIs. Dean’s talent and sportsmanship warranted the first-ever Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award in 1948.Dean earned a degree from Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio. He stayed in the Dayton area and was a major force in starting the football program at Bellbrook High School. In fact, he contributed his skills, time, and money to building the school’s first football stadium. He also helped the Lions Club establish a youth baseball league and winter sports program in Bellbrook.

Still active in athletics, Dean is currently the treasurer and sponsorship chairman of the Senior Olympics in the Charleston, South
Carolina, area where he now lives.


Ray Fox - Baseball, Football, Wrestling
Years coaching at MC - 1962-90
Ray Fox


Ray Fox served Montgomery College with dedication and distinction for 28 years as coach, professor of physical education, and athletic director at the Rockville Campus.When Fox came to Montgomery Junior College in 1962, he began as the assistant football coach. He served as an assistant for seven years. Also in 1962, Fox took over the baseball program, which he led for 19 years. Under Fox, the team has only one losing season in 1978. Fox was selected Maryland JUCO Coach of the Year and was awarded the Home Plate Club Sandlot Hall of Fame Award for his coaching success in baseball. He also earned a distinguished service award for education and baseball from the Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association in 1986.

In 1963, Fox started MJC's wrestling program and coached for three years. In addition to his duties as a coach, Fox was the Rockville Campus athletic director for 13 years and was the Rockville Campus intramural director for six years. As a faculty member, Fox served as coordinator of the faculty advising cadre.


Vincent Pugliese - Baseball, Boxing, Football
Year attended MC - 1952
Vincent Pugliese


Vincent A. Pugliese ‘52 will long be remembered for his athletic prowess as a two-sport letterman. His accolades in sports, both extramural and intramural, earned him the notable distinction of Outstanding Athlete of the Class of 1952.Pugliese was co-captain of the MJC Knights football team in 1951 and 1952. Both years he was voted Most Valuable Player and First-Team Junior College All-American. His talent on the gridiron earned him a scholarship to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

He also excelled in baseball. A powerhouse hitter, he hit the most home runs during the 1951 season and had the second-highest batting average of .356.Pugliese enjoyed intramural sports. He was a boxer and won the heavyweight boxing title in 1951 and 1952. A student advocate for the sports program, Pugliese served as President and vice-president of the MJC Club, for which he earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1965.

After graduating from Bucknell University in 1954, he became an assistant football coach at Blair High School in Silver Spring. This job became a springboard for an illustrious 30-year career as football coach, athletic director, and teacher. He led the football team to a 10-0 record in 1964--the only time a Blair football team enjoyed an undefeated season. In 1987, Pugliese’s tireless efforts were rewarded as he was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.Pugliese’s talents were not limited to playing and coaching. He officiated at NCAA basketball games in both the ACC and Big East conferences and served as president of the IAABO, an association of basketball officials. In addition, as a volunteer, he established and founded the Atholton Youth Recreation Association in the Atholton/Columbia, Maryland, area: he was president of the Atholton High School PTA: and he was president of the booster club at Atholton High School.

Pugliese credits his wife, Judy, with being the greatest team player he’s ever known. Married for nearly 35 years, the Puglieses have three sons, Vinnie, Michael, and Alex.


Gretchen Saar Triantos - Track & Field
Year attended MC - 1977
Gretchen Triantoss


Gretchen Saar Triantos '77 made track history at Montgomery College. She was not only the first woman to compete with the all-male track team, but also the first MC runner--male or female-- to win a gold medal at the National Junior College Athletic Association Track Championships.

Triantos competed against men because there was no women's track program at the time. Though Triantos never placed among the top three in a race, she recorded times low enough to qualify her for the women's national meet. She would often start with the men in a mile race and drop out halfway through to get a clocking for the 880-yard run. In her first-ever women's competition, the JUCO Championships in 1997, Triantos won a gold medal in the 880 and a bronze in the mile.


Perhaps what impressed her coach, Jim Davis, and her competitors alike was her spirit. Davis said it was refreshing to coach somebody who was so enthusiastic. She was so popular at the National Championships that women on the other teams were rooting for her to win.

Triantos's love of running led her to another love--her husband, Vasili. Her running partner at Montgomery College, Vasili has been at her side for more than 18 years. The Triantoses have two boys, Eliot and Alec.

Triantos still competes in road races in the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. In addition, she works part time at Safeway and volunteers with Pets on Wheels.

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1995  


James Davis - Cross country, Gymnastics, Track & Field  
Years coaching at MC - 1964 -88
Jim Davis


James M. Davis ‘64-’88 has touched the lives of thousands of students during his tenure at Montgomery College as a professor and coach. He is well-known and respected among county educators who have had the pleasure of learning from him. Starting his career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School teaching physical education, he made the transition to teaching at MC when the student population was only 1,200; it was nearly 12,000 when he retired. He was instrumental in developing course offerings for physical education students and majors, and in creating the track and cross-country teams.


He achieved unparalleled success as a coach. His overall record in track and field from 1964-77 was 80-38. He led the team to victory at the Maryland JUCO Athletic Conference Champions for nine years and NJCAA Athletic Champions for six years. Four team members were NJCAA All-Americans.

His cross-country statistics are just as impressive. His cross-country coaching career, from 1964-76, ended with a Maryland JUCO team record of 53-2. His team was Maryland JUCO Athletic Conference Champion for five years. Two team members were NJCAA All-Americans. Although he is retired from teaching at MC, he continues to remain physically active. He has received numerous awards for participation in sporting events. He has received 12 gold medals and six silver medals in six difference track and field events (dashes, jumps, shot put, and discus) in the Senior Games by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Currently, he is chairman of the Advisory Sports Committee, a member of the advisory committee for the Landfall Development, and a member of the United States Tennis Association 3.5 team.His philosophy is the secret to his success: ‘I have always felt one of the most important things in life is maintaining your health. My life has been dedicated to showing individuals how, through a sensible exercise program and proper diet, they can lead a healthy and enjoyable life. I truly enjoy my profession and have tried to show my students, by example, that keeping fit is a lifetime dedication. I feel my experience and enthusiasm can be an asset to any college, corporate, or commercial health and fitness program.'


Martin Gallagher - Basketball, Boxing, Football
Year attended MC - 1955
Martin Gallagher


Martin T. Gallagher ‘55 is considered one of the finest athletes to participate at Montgomery College. This well-rounded sports star was involved in every major sport Montgomery College offered from 1953-55. In the fall of 1953, F. Frank Rubini (Rube) wrote about Gallagher:"We have many boys on the squad who have the desire and ability and are in good condition. But, oh, what a fine squad we would have if there were 22 like Gallagher."


As co-captain of the 1954 MJC Knights football team, he was voted Most Valuable Player. That same year, he was also named Most Valuable Player in the Basket Bowl at Chowan College--MJC’s first bowl appearance--winning 12-0. In his final football season at MJC, he was selected as first team Junior College All-American (halfback) by the Williamson National Football Rating System (based on consensus opinion of the nation’s college athletic departments).For two consecutive years, Gallagher took the Best Boxer award, in addition to a Golden Gloves in the 165-pound class at the Fifth and Sixth Annual Intramural Boxing Tournaments.Martin was named to the NJCAA Region XV All-Star Basketball Team in 1955.

As a center fielder for the baseball team, Gallagher’s batting average was over .400 both years he placed.
MC sports played an important role in the life of Martin Gallagher--not only on the diamond, in the ring, and on the court--but also in another match. In 1952, he met Margie Clark, the homecoming queen. The two were married in 1954. They were one of two married couples attending MC. Gallagher’s gratitude to MC extends ar beyond the sports and academic opportunities he experienced here.

After a stellar athletic career at MC, Gallagher received a football scholarship to George Washington University, where he received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. After college, Gallagher returned to the high school where he graduated--Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County. He enjoyed a 33-year tenure as athletic director and football and baseball coach, and retired in 1990. Last year he was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

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1994  


Don Comer - Baseball, Tennis Basketball,Cross Country,Football,Golf,Swimming 
Years coaching at MC - 1957-85
Don Comer


Don A. Comer, Coach ‘57-85, enrolled in Montgomery College during the 1947 spring semester. While attending MC, he became involved in the athletic program. He played basketball for three semesters, football and baseball for one semester, and won the 160-pound class boxing championship in 1949. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Mr. Comer returned to the educational arena teaching at Takoma Park Junior High. In the fall of 1957, Coach Rubini hired Mr. Comer as one of MC’s assistant football coaches and head coach of the basketball team. Upon ‘Rube’s’ departure from MC, Mr. Comer inherited the baseball coaching position as well.

Mr. Comer coached seven sports at Montgomery College: football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, and cross-country. As coach, he inspired many winning teams. From 1959 through 1962, his
baseball team won conference championships and one regional championship in Grand Junction, Colorado. Other conference championship teams were basketball in 1961 and golf in 1966. For 14 years Mr. Comer was chairman of the Takoma Park Physical Education Department. In this capacity, he served as the faculty adviser for the physical planning of Falcon Hall during the redevelopment of the Takoma Park Campus. Other committees he served on include Faculty Senate, Curriculum Committee, Scholarship
Committee, Exploratory Committee, Academic Appeals Committee, 1978 Committee on Accreditation, and faculty adviser to the Christian Fellowship Club.

Mr. Comer retired in 1985 and earned the rank of Professor Emeritus in February 1986. He refuses to sever completely the ties to Montgomery College. He has taught part time each year since his retirement.


Thomas Walker - Football
Year attended MC - 1957
R Thomas Walker


Dr. R. Thomas Walker, Class of ‘57 played offensive guard and defensive nose tackle on MC’s undefeated football team in 1954. Thiswas the first Montgomery College football team invited to play in a bowl game. At the end of the 1954 season, the team won the game against Chowan Junior College in North Carolina at the Basket Bowl game. In 1955, Dr. Walker was co-captain of the football team and voted best lineman by his teammates.


After graduating from MC in 1957, he graduated from Hiram College in Ohio where he also played football. During his time at Hiram, he received an offer from the New York Giants to join their team. He declined the offer--he really did not have much of a choice, since he had received a draft notice -- and enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he played flag football in Europe for two years and won the South Area Command championship the first year and All-European the second year. Walker valued education and continued his studies at Ohio State University where he earned a teaching internship at a branch campus.

After completing his master’s and passing general examinations for his doctorate, he received the German Academic Exchange Service  Scholarship to conduct dissertation research in Germany for two
years. Dr. Walker claims that Montgomery College gave him the opportunity to play football and also offered exposure to academics. He volunteered to assist the junior varsity football team at his former high school, Montgomery Blair. At one time, he considered a coaching career, but opted for teaching.

In 1972, Montgomery College hired Dr. Walker to teach history at theTakoma Park Campus. Today, he is a history professor and chair of the History, Political Science, and Geography department at the Germantown Campus.

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1993  


Don Benson - Baseball, Tennis, Basketball, Boxing, Football
Year attended MC - 1951
Don Benson


Donald B. Benson, Class of '51, was voted Athlete of the Year at Montgomery Junior College. He excelled in five sports: football, basketball, baseball, boxing, and tennis.In 1950, the Young Men's Democratic Club of Bethesda recognized Mr. Benson as an outstanding athlete and gave him the annual James Tremble Memorial Trophy. Later that year, Mr. Benson received the Knights Quest Achievement Award for Sportsmanship.


Mr. Benson's awards punctuate his athletic achievements. Mr. Benson excelled at playing key roles in team sports. He was quarterback of the football team, captain of the basketball team, pitcher of the baseball team, and weight class champion in Montgomery College's third Annual Boxing Tournament. For 10 years, Mr. Benson played baseball in D.C. and Maryland. He pitched against the best sandlot and semipro players in the area. During this time, he played basketball with the "Montgomery Stars," a group of ex-college and high school stars who roamed a three-state area, taking on all comers in exhibitions and tournaments.At age 32, Mr. Benson played in the Montgomery County Class "A" fast pitch softball league. He won the league batting championship with a .542 average and was named to the All-Star team.Mr. Benson devoted his post-athletic years to working with and encouraging his six children to develop their athletic talents. Athletics, he wrote, would help his children to be the best that they could be.

Mr. Benson inspired not only his children to excel, but also coached young athletes in various recreation centers for many years.


Louis Chacos - Football
Years coaching at MC - 1958-83
Louis Chacos


Dr. Louis G. Chacos, Coach ’58 -’83, was nationally recognized asone of the best Junior College football coaches in the country. Hereceived numerous awards including a Governor’s Citation in 1988 andwas named Coach of the Year by his peers for several years during his tenure at Montgomery College.


Dr. Chacos’ contributions to MC were not solely associated with football. He played an instrumental role in promoting outstanding athletic and educational programs by establishing college-level Physical Education courses, and assisting with the design of the Physical Education Building and swimming pool at the Rockville Campus.

During his last 16 years at Montgomery College, Dr. Chacos’ exemplary performance as an administrator, chairperson, and Athletic Director inspired the members of the Montgomery College community.


George Hackey, Jr. - Baseball, Basketball, Football
Year attended MC - 1969
George Hackey


George E. Hackey, Jr., Class of '69, was voted Athlete of the Year at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus. During the 1968 and 1969 academic years, he was nominated Junior College All-Conference in
three sports: football, baseball, and basketball. For two years, he also received letters in all three sports.


His profession as a Montgomery County Police Officer and the time he spends coaching youth reflects Mr. Hackey’s commitment to a community service. He has received several county awards for acting as a mentor to young adults, including an award from the Maryland House of Delegates for Community Service in Youth Guidance. Mr. Hackey, a national recipient of the Alphonso Deal Award for Community Service, has served as President of the Coalition for Black Police Officers, Montgomery County for seven years. In his
spare time, Mr. Hackey has been actively involved in the John Wesley  United Methodist Church as an executive officer. In 1992 Mr. Hackey was cited in the publication, Who's Who in Black America.

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1992  


Joseph Caw - Basketball, Football
Year attended MC - 1954
Joseph Caw


Joseph W. Caw, Class of 1954, was the second Montgomery College student to make first team All-American in junior college football, in 1953 and was named the Fightin’ Knights Most Valuable Player that
same year. Playing football for the first time in his athletic career when he came to MC, Mr. Caw starred at both offensive and defensive positions on the gridiron. His team was undefeated during the 1953 season and lost only one game in 1952.
            
Co-captain of both the football and basketball teams, Mr. Caw was an outstanding basketball player and averaged 15 to 20 points per game. Before coming to MC, he had made his name in high school basketball, appearing as one of the famed McKinley Tech High School "Fabulous Five." After MC and a two-year tour of duty in the Army, Mr. Caw became known around the Washington area as an outstanding pitcher, first in sandlot baseball and later in fast pitch softball.


Sheldon Oremland - Baseball, Basketball, Football
Year attended MC - 1949
Sheldon Oremland


Sheldon Oremland, Class of 1949, was Montgomery College’s first All-American in any sport, in 1948. Captain of the football team, he was considered the best and toughest tackle his teammates and the
opposition had ever seen. He also played basketball and baseball at MC. A tough pitcher, Mr. Oremland hurled a 5-1 season for the College’s team in 1948. His all-around talents brought him Athlete of the Year honors his sophomore year.


Upon graduation, Mr. Oremland attended Georgetown University on a football scholarship and was contacted by the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins. His football career ended prematurely when he seriously injured his knee during a Georgetown game.


Frank Rubini - Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football
Years coaching at MC - 1947-68
Frank Rubini


The late F. Frank Rubini, affectionately known as ‘Rube,’ was the ‘Father of Athletics’ at Montgomery College. He organized the Athletic Department in 1947, when MC was only one year old, and quickly built the program into one of the finest of its kind in the country. Mr. Rubini coached all sports while teaching physical education classes during his ten years as a full-time faculty member. His basketball teams never had a losing season and his football teams were the powerhouses of eastern college circles, going undefeated in 1953 and 1954.


On Thanksgiving Day, 1954, his football team won their first bowl game at Murfreesboro, N.C., beating Chowan College 12-0. During his tenure, 15 MC players were selected to the National Junior College All-American teams. Many of his former students went on to coach football in Montgomery and Prince George’s County high schools.Prior to coming to MC, Mr. Rubini had been an athletic star at the University of Wisconsin, playing football and baseball, and he was three-time national boxing champion in the 145-lb. Class. In 1957, he left his full-time position at MC to become the Associate Director of Parks, Montgomery County, for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, but he continued to teach part-time at the College until 1968.

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1989  


Maurice Collins - Football
Year attended MC - 1953
Maurice Collins


Former athletic director and head football coach at Archbishop Carroll High School from 1960 to 1988, Maus Collins left the football field in 1989 to become vice president for Development and Community Affairs at Archbishop Carroll. Ranked among the top high school football coaches in the country, he has led his team to be the number one high school football team seven times in the last ten years, and was selected in 1988 as the ‘High School Football Coach of the United States" by the Touchdown Club. With 237 wins, 45 losses and 7 ties, he ranked second in the country in wins and winning percentages in 1989.


Dr. Collins is concerned not only with the athletic abilities of his students, but with helping them to achieve their greatest potential. A tribute to his ability to help students is the fact that he succeeds in getting 95 percent of his graduates into college. He is founder and past president of the Association of Catholic Guidance Directors and served as chairman of the Archdiocese College Day Programs from 1969 to 1986.


Robert Windsor - Basketball, Football
Year attended MC - 1965
Robert Windsor


The first Montgomery College alumnus to achieve professional team status, Bob Windsor played successful for two top ranked national football teams, the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49'ers.
He was the number one draft choice and played for the 49'ers for five years, where he made the All Rookie Team and was an All Pro selection. Mr. Windsor was then traded to the New England Patriots for a number one draft choice; he played for the Patriots for five years and then retired.


Prior to becoming a pro ball players, Windsor had been All Met in high school in football, basketball and track. At Montgomery College, he was Junior College All American in football. In basketball he was the most valuable player on the 1963-64 team and All Conference in Maryland JUCO (junior colleges). He went on to the University of Kentucky where he was ALL SEC (Southeastern Conference) in football. Upon retiring from professional football, he directed his talents to a successful business venture. He opened and still runs Bob Windsor’s All Pro Sports stores based in Laurel, Maryland. He also coached football at Pallotti High School for two perfect seasons in 1984 and 1987.


Morgan Wootten - Basketball
Year attended MC - 1952
Morgan Wootten


‘Mr. High School Basketball,’ Coach Wootten has led his DeMatha High School Stags to a number one ranking in the Washington area for 20 of the last 32 years. He has a lifetime record of 903 wins, 127
losses and numerous national high school championships, where he has demonstrated to the entire nation that to become the best, you have to beat the best. Since 1957, all of Coach Wootten’s seniors have
been awarded full college scholarships. "I know of no finer coach -- high school, college or pro," says John Wooden, former coach UCLA. "I stand in awe of him."


Coach Wootten is the author of three books, has hosted television and radio shows in Washington and conducted numerous clinics across the country. He is a charter member of the DC Basketball Hall of Fame and has been nominated for the National Basketball Hall of Fame. His overnight summer basketball camp for boys and girls held at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland has become one of the most popular in the country.

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1988  

Donald Drown - Basketball, Football
Year Inducted - 1988
Years coaching at MC - 1961-93
Donald Drown

Don Drown, born in NJ, grew up in Maine and then his high school
years were in Staten Island where he played basketball, football,
and baseball. Don served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1946.
Coming out of his military service, he attended Wagner College
(NYC), where he graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Biology
in 1950. He continued his studies at New York University, graduating
in 1952 with a Masters in P.E. He also did graduate work at American
University and Maryland University.

Don started his coaching and teaching career at Wheaton High School
in Wheaton, MD where for 6 years he was a Physical Education
teacher, head basketball coach, and assistant football coach.
Don Drown came to MC in 1961 where he was a PE teacher, head
basketball coach, assistant football coach and taught a full
schedule in the athletic department. He was named Chair of the
Physical Education, Recreation and Athletic Department. Drown served as a chair for twelve years and retired after 32 years at the
college in 1993. Drown coached over 32 basketball seasons (800
games) in his tenure at MC, with a better than a 700 winning
average.

Drown was inducted into the Wagner College Hall of Fame in 1987 and was the first inductee into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of
Fame in 1988. He is married to Joan Warham Drown and has three sons. All three sons graduated from Montgomery College and then graduated from Towson State University, Jacksonville University and Nebraska University respectively. "My proudest legacy in the 32 years at Montgomery College is that I have over twenty former students who
are now or have been teachers or coaches in Montgomery County."

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