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UMBC's Zerrlaut retires after 41 years

Lansdowne High graduate revived girls lacrosse and volleyball programs on collegiate level

2:46 PM EDT, May 29, 2014

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Kathy Zerrlaut, who has been on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus for 41 years in several roles, will retire at the end of June  2014.

UMBC opened in the fall of 1966 and Zerrlaut arrived in 1973 after graduating from Frostburg State.

The Lansdowne High School graduate has coached more athletic contests in the school’s history and has presided over the direction of the program as an administrator for much of her tenure.

She was hired by athletic director Dick Watts to upgrade the fledgling volleyball and women’s lacrosse squads at the university.

Zerrlaut earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Frostburg after competing in lacrosse, basketball and field hockey for the Bobcats.

After a total rebuilding of the lacrosse program, the 1977 team posted an 11-1 record.

Her 1984 team, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, won the ECAC Division II title, and the 1985 and 1986 squads were ranked No. 1 in the nation, earning their mentor USWLA Coach of the Year honors.

Zerrlaut also coached the volleyball team for 17 seasons, compiling a record of 272-281-3 record.

She ushered both programs into the Division I era, stepping down from volleyball in 1989 and saying farewell to lacrosse after the 1996 campaign.

The UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame member (elected in 2006) coached 850 intercollegiate contests for the black and gold.

In 1981, Kathy participated in the first-ever NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship committee, setting the stage for her exemplary administrative tenure.

Since the mid-1990’s, she has served as UMBC Athletics’ Senior Women’s Administrator and its NCAA compliance officer.

Among her wide array of appointments, she was selected to serve on the prestigious NCAA Management Council and chaired the 2004 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships committee. 

Kathy Zerrlaut is one of just ten UMBC employees, past or present, to complete 41 years of service to the university.