The Dundalk Eagle

Dun­dalk grad Edell to be in­ducted into Lacrosse Coaches’ Hall of Fame this week­end

Famed for­mer coach bat­tling de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness

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Richard Edell, a 1962 grad­u­ate of Dun­dalk High School, will be in­ducted into the In­ter­col­le­giate Men’s Lacrosse Coach’s Hall of Fame on Satur­day as part of the NCAA Di­vi­sion I lacrosse cham­pi­onships. Ron Grabarek, a class­mate and team­mate of Edell’s at Dun­dalk High School, shared these thoughts on Edell.

The first part of Grabarek’s story, which ex­plored Edell’s up­bring­ing in Dun­dalk, his days as an Owl and his early ca­reer as a col­lege lacrosse and soc­cer coach, was pub­lished in the May 19 edi­tion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle.

Af­ter coach­ing soc­cer for four years at the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more, dur­ing which Richard “Dick” Edell took the team to the 1975 NCAA Di­vi­sion II na­tional cham­pi­onship, he was re­ally off to the big time in his coach­ing ca­reer.

In 1977 Dick took over as the United States Mil­i­tary Academy head lacrosse coach.

Dur­ing his seven years at West Point he com­piled a 66-24 record and led the Cadets to four NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances. In 1984 was able to come back home to the Univer­sity of Mary­land, where he coached for the next 18 years.

Dick led the Terps to three At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence ti­tles, 13 NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances and reached the NCAA cham­pi­onship game three times.

When Dick re­tired in 2001 with 282 wins, he was ranked fifth all­time in num­ber of wins as a head coach, and sixth all-time for win­ning per­cent­age as a head coach.

At the time of his re­tire­ment, he had the sec­ond-most wins by an ac­tive head coach, be­hind Jack Em­mer of Army with 289, and led all ACC coaches all-time with 171 wins.

He had the sec­ond-most NCAA Di­vi­sion I tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances, was the sev­enth head coach to reach the 400-game bench­mark, and the first ACC head coach to reach the 150-win bench­mark.

In recog­ni­tion of all of these ac­com­plish­ments he has re­ceived many hon­ors. The United States In­ter­col­le­giate Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion twice named him the Na­tional Coach of the Year: in 1978 with Army and 1995 with Mary­land.

The ACC named him Coach of the Year three times: in 1989, 1992, and 1998. In 2004 he was in­ducted into the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

He has also been in­ducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Po­tomac Chap­ter Hall of Fame, the U.S. Lacrosse Greater Bal­ti­more Chap­ter Hall of Fame, the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ath­letic Hall of Fame, the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more Ath­letic Hall of Fame and the Tow­son Univer­sity Hall of Fame.

Dick and his wife, Delores, have four chil­dren. Two daugh­ters are Mary­land grads and their son grad­u­ated from Dart­mouth Col­lege af­ter a suc­cess­ful col­lege lacrosse ca­reer.

Edell ad­mits that he missed most of their ac­com­plish­ments while he was coach­ing, but af­ter he re­tired he was able to get tremen­dous en­joy­ment out of just be­ing a dad. He was able to go and see his youngest daugh­ter play lacrosse at the Univer­sity of Delaware.

Richard Edell: the All Amer­i­can lacrosse player, the Hall of Fame coach and now in re­tire­ment he has be­come a fighter.

Dick re­tired due to a non-life threat­en­ing health is­sue, called In­clu­sion Body Myosi­tis, which is an ill­ness where the mus­cle cells slowly de­stroy each other, es­pe­cially in the arms and legs. When he re­tired at 57 he said, “My mind and heart want to do this, but my body won’t.”

Af­ter talk­ing to him re­cently, I was truly in­spired by his pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, his de­ter­mi­na­tion not to let this ill­ness get him down, and his in­ner strength to en­joy each day with his fam­ily and six grand­chil­dren.Dick re­flected back on his years grow­ing up in Dun­dalk, the life lessons he learned and how they have helped him through­out his en­tire life. With­out this knowl­edge, a lesser per­son might have given up. But in­stead it has given him the mo­ti­va­tion and in­ner strength to face his chal­lenge each day. Just like those days on the ath­letic field.Dick had two won­der­ful par­ents, who were very good ath­letes. His fa­ther was a bas­ket­ball player from Rome, New York, who was re­cruited to play at the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more, while his mother Mom was a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher for 15 years and a very good ath­lete in her own right.So the ath­letic genes were there when he was born in 1944. His fam­ily lived in the apart­ments across the street from Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary School, where he would grow and keep grow­ing. Dick was al­ways taller than most of his friends and class­mates, so he fol­lowed his fa­ther and made bas­ket­ball his early game of choice. Dick grew to be six-foot-five in height, and this led to him be­ing af­fec­tion­ally called “Moose” in high schoolAfte­r his younger sis­ter Linda was born four years later, his fam­ily moved to their home on Northship, just off Lib­erty Park­way.I hope all of the past and present res­i­dents, his for­mer 1962 class­mates, and those who got to know Dick dur­ing his years in Dun­dalk en­joy read­ing this ar­ti­cle about one of its own. If you go to Philadel­phia on May 28to see the in­duc­tion, or just watch it on TV, you now know the en­tire story how he be­came a Hall of Fame coach. Per­son­ally I am so happy, and proud, to be in his life for the past 56 years, and we both hope you are as proud of your home­town as we are.

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