The Mount St. Mary's University Athletic Department will honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces this Thursday night with free admission to the men's basketball game to anyone with a military ID.
"With Fort Detrick and Camp David so close to campus it just makes a lot of sense to take this opportunity to thank those men and women for the job they do," said Associate Director of Athletics, Mike Hardisky. "To be able to provide tickets to a Mount basketball game is but a small token of our appreciation."
Also being honored at the game will be former Mount track star, Peter Rono, and former Mount basketball coach and Marine, Jim Phelan. Both will be officially inducted into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame by the NEC Commissioner, Noreen Morris, at halftime of the contest.
Rono is a a bonafide legend in the annals of NEC cross country and track & field. He holds the distinction of being the only performer in conference history to win an individual Olympic gold medal. While a student at Mount St. Mary's and the youngest competitor in the field, he won the 1,500 meters at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. That same year, he became a three-time NCAA individual champion with wins in the indoor 800 and 1,500 meters, along with the outdoor 1,500 meters.
An 11-time All-American and five-time NEC individual champion, he is still ranked in the top-10 in a combined seven indoor and outdoor events at the Mount twenty years later.
Phelan is known for his trademark bow-tie, and his membership in now 13 different Halls of Fame. His 830 wins at Mount St. Mary's ranks fifth all-time among NCAA Division I coaches, while his 1,354 games coached is the all-time NCAA record. He is the only person to coach 49 years at one school and ranks second all-time in the NCAA for most seasons coached.
Over his career, this Philadelphia native coached 19 teams to 20-win seasons. He led the Mount to the 1962 NCAA College Division National Championship, one of five Final Four appearances for the program under his watch. He was named the NCAA College Division Coach of the Year in 1962, the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 1981 and was a three-time NCAA District 2 Coach of the Year. After the Mount transitioned to Division I and the Northeast Conference in 1989, he guided the Mount to NEC championships and NCAA bids in 1995 and 1999.
The televised game features Northeast Conference foe, Sacred Heart, with a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The game also kicks off the first of seven home games in the next 10 on the Mount's schedule.
For more information contact the Mount ticket office at 301-447-5700, or go to the Mount Athletic Web Site at www.mountathletics.com.