BALTIMORE -- UMBC Athletics will host a special Hall of Fame induction April 5.
The class of 2019 will consist of former standout student-athletes Marcus Gross, men's soccer '06, and Drew Westervelt, men's lacrosse, '08, and legendary UMBC head coaches Pete Caringi Jr. and Don Zimmerman.
The event will be held at the brand-new UMBC Event Center and bring many alumni and guests back to campus for a first-look at the state-of-the-art facility. There will be a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $100.00 and online registration will be available later this month.
Gross and Westervelt were previously tabbed for the honor but have not been able to attend the formal induction ceremony. They will be joined by the coaches that guided and mentored them during their tenures, along with hundreds of Retriever student-athletes for the past three decades.
Gross started at fullback for all 66 games he played at UMBC from 2002-05. He earned America East First Team honors in all three years of competition in the conference, was an All-South selection in 2004 and 2005 and was a 2005 Hermann Award candidate for the nation's top player honor. The native of Barnstaple, England, scored 10 career goals as a fullback and was drafted by the MISL's St. Louis franchise. He graduated in 2006 with a double major in political science and sociology.
Westervelt competed in a school record 60 games from 2003-07 and scored at least one point in 58 of the 60 contests. He recorded 206 career points, currently third on UMBC's all-time scoring list, and became just the fourth player in school history to post 70 or more points in a season when he tallied 71 in 2007, as UMBC advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. The interdisciplinary studies major earned America East honors in all four years and was tabbed to the All-America Third Team in 2007.
The Bel Air, Md., native was the fourth player selected in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse draft (by Denver) and competed professionally both indoors and outdoors for more than a decade. He has also competed in a pair of FIL World Lacrosse Championships (2010, 2014) and won gold with Team USA in 2010.
Caringi just completed his 28th season at the helm of Retriever men's soccer, the second-longest tenured head coach in school history. He is a five-time conference (Northeast, America East) Coach of the Year, the 2013 Northeast Region Coach of the Year and the 2014 NSCAA, ECAC and Soccer America Coach of the Year.
The Baltimore native has guided UMBC to 16 conference titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2014 NCAA College Cup. He has a career record of 293-177-74 and is amongst the nation's top active coaches in victories.
This will be Caringi's fifth Hall of Fame accolade. He is also a member of the National Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame (1994), the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame (1998), the University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame (2009) and the CCBC-Essex Athletics Hall of Fame (2014).
Zimmerman served as the Retrievers' head coach for 23 seasons (1994-2016) after a successful seven-year tenure at Johns Hopkins University (1984-1990). In May of 1998, the Retrievers defeated top-ranked Maryland, 12-8, which propelled UMBC to its first of back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances as an at-large team.
Zimmerman piloted the Retrievers to four consecutive NCAA Division I tournament appearances from 2006-09, a feat accomplished for the first time in the school's Division I lacrosse history. He was named America East Conference Coach of the Year by his colleagues in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and earned 2008 Coach of the Year honors in LaxPower's men's lacrosse Fan Awards.
Also a Baltimore native, Zimmerman has previously been inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2003), the Johns Hopkins University Athletics Hall of Fame (2013) and the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2017).
-- UMBC Athletics press release
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