At long last, former Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell has been named one of the newest inductees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Washington Post first reported the news Wednesday night, and Driesell’s induction was officially announced Saturday morning.
Dreisell has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame four times, but did not received enough votes each previous time, most recently in 2016. In all of those instances, there was another men’s basketball head coach—each of whom had won a national championship—elected instead of Driesell, but this time he was all alone. An official announcement is scheduled to come Saturday, March 31, at the Final Four in San Antonio.
Dreisell is the first coach to win more than 100 games at four different schools. At Maryland, he introduced Midnight Madness, which has since become a tradition at most other schools across the nation. He also coached Terp legends Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Buck Williams and Len Bias.
This story was initially published March 28. It has been updated upon the official announcement.