A sad day in Terrapin nation as legendary Terrapin figure Jim Kehoe died on Sunday. Kehoe served as the AD from 1969-1978. Check out the tribute to him in the Maryland website I will pay tribute to Jim on Terp Talk this Thursday night.
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It was Kehoe who brought Lefty to Maryland. He saved the day for the Athletic Department on more than one occasion. Came from the Norm Sloan (n.c. state) school of fashion with the plaid jackets, which are still in style in some parts of Siberia and Jersey City.
Coach loved to win and a winner. Never the less, he still got me into college.
Coach Kehoe (Mr. U. of Md.) no other.
Jim Kehoe along with Jack Zane is responsible for me and two other young African-American students at UMD getting an opportunity to intern on our way to sportswriting careers at a time when the field of sports journalism was primarily segregated. I can still see old Jim talking to us about per diems for trips and conducting ourselves in a way that would represent our community in a positive way. I shall never forget what he did for me.
I came to Maryland in and was part of coaches track team beginning in the fall of 1966. I was fortunate to be on his team for 3 years until he took the position of Athletic Director. He was a major factor in my life and I grew to respect and love the man as did most that he worked with. I am also grateful that he was able to speak for me on the induction filming in 2007 when I was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. This again was three years before he left us to once again move on to a higher calling. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to know this man.
The Ace. Keep your socks pulled up. Beat Navy. You need a haircut. Get to the top of the hill first. I didn’t see any footprints in the snow on the golf course this morning.
He could be a pill, but never boring!
Coach Jim will be missed! He built one of the best college minor sports program in the ACC. He was like a father to all his track and CC runners.. He was a great guy and a great coach.
The “Ace” was one of the major influences on my life and I am sure most of those who ever had the honor of being coached by him. He was a true gentleman with high integrity who taught us how to win in life.
Only problem was, he was afraid to fly, so we had to take long car, bus and train trips. When he drove, if you were in the back seat he would turn and look at you while talking which was often unnerving. But we all loved him.
Jim Kehoe used his minor in psychology so effectively that we ordinary athletes did better than we were supposed to…”Make your move on the hill, pass your opponent then, don’t wait for the flat. You are hurting as much as he, but if you go by him on the uphill, he’ll think you are stronger and you will have the advantage.” We feared and revered this colorful master of cliches…”I’ve got news for you…I can’t conceive…he pulls on his pants just like you–one leg at a time”…and we went out and ran better than we should have because we wanted to hear him say, “Nice job, Ace!”
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