Tom Meinhardt, who served in Towson University's athletic department for 32 years as an administrator and coach, died last Friday. He was 84.

Meinhardt was hired by then-Towson State in 1970 and held that job for nine years, guiding the Tigers through their transition from NCAA Division III into Division II. During his tenure, the men's lacrosse team won the 1974 College Division National Championship and the football team played in the 1976 Stagg Bowl.


Meinhardt was involved in the planning of Towson Center, which opened in 1976, and Minnegan Stadium (now Johnny Unitas Stadium), which was dedicated in 1978. Meinhardt was men's tennis coach from 1977 to 2002, compiled a 378-239 record. He also served on the faculty in the physical education department until retiring as professor emeritus in 1996.

A memorial service will be held at the Towson United Methodist Church at 501 Hampton Lane just off Dulaney Valley Road on March 4 at 11 a.m. A visitation hour at 10 a.m. will precede the service.

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Kelly to join Blast's Hall; Bias' ring to be auctioned

Danny Kelly, a Blast player from 1998 to 2006 and their coach since 2006, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame during halftime of the 4:05p.m. Major Arena Soccer League game against the Harrisburg Heat on March 5. Kelly, who was a member of three championship teams as a player, ranks seventh on the current Blast's all-time assists list with 136 and 20th in goals with 106. As a coach, he is 144-66 and has led the team to four championships with an overall postseason record of 20-9. "I'm honored to be elected," he said. "I love representing this city and our fans. It is a very proud moment in my career."

The auction house put the value of the ring at over $10,000.

Men's college basketball: Heritage Auctions has opened bidding on the 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship ring presented to the late Len Bias, then a sophomore star at Maryland. The league title was the first and only of former coach Lefty Driesell's Terps career; his teams also won the 1975 and 1980 ACC regular-season championships. Bias led Maryland in the ACC final against Duke with 26 points, finishing 12-for-17 from the field.

— Jonas Shaffer

Major League Lacrosse: Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene will be offensive coordinator for the Chesapeake Bayhawks this season. Cantabene is 187-50 with the Mustangs, leading them to eight consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearances and the 2013 championship. Cantabene played at then-Loyola College before a 13-year indoor and outdoor professional career that included stints with the Baltimore Thunder and Baltimore Bayhawks. He was an assistant at Towson and Johns Hopkins before taking over at Stevenson.

NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forward Riley Barber and defenseman Aaron Ness from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and reassigned forward Travis Boyd to Hershey.

College football: Stevenson senior defensive back Austin Tennessee (Atholton) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rocky Myers Division III Defensive Player of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers and American Football Networks. The Mustangs' Ed Hottle was recognized as ECAC Division III South Coach of the Year.

Pro football: The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League will hold an open free-agent tryout March 5 at Coppermine Du Burns Arena at 3100 Boston St. Registration is at 3:30 p.m.; the fee is $100. The workout runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own workout clothes, running shoes and football cleats. For more information, call Mike Davis at 314-323-5866.

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