To the Maryland men’s lacrosse team, Dick Edell was simply “Big Man,” a moniker that spoke as much of the respect with which players held their coach as it did his height (6 feet 5). When he retired in 2001, having led the Terps to 171 victories, 13 NCAA tournaments and three title game appearances, Edell summed things up.
“I’m grateful that I got to do this for 34 years,” he said. “I had kids that played every minute like it was the last minute of their lives, and I will thank them forever.”
Edell died Wednesday morning of pneumonia at Howard County General Hospital. The Glenelg resident was 74.
Lacrosse was Edell’s passion to the end, said his daughter, Krissy...