Athletic Hall of Fame

The Towson High School Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 2013 by the Towson High School Sports Boosters Club.  Today there are over 20 notable alumni athletes and coaches in the Athletic Hall of Fame whose sports include: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball and more! 

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Sue Beeler (Deceased), Class of 1958, Athletic Hall of Fame 2013
was an avid athlete who played field hockey, basketball, and softball from 1956-1958. Beeler graduated from Western Maryland College where she became a standout in field hockey and basketball, earning high scorer honors in hockey in 1962. She returned to THS and coached field hockey, softball, and lacrosse, a program she started and coached until 1996 when her team fell to Catonsville in the state championship game. Sue Beeler lost her battle with cancer in 1997, the same year current Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel guided the Generals to their only state lacrosse title.
   
Billy Jones, Class of 1964, Athletic Hall of Fame 2013
was a star on THS basketball teams that recorded a 38-0 record from 1962-64 against county opponents and earned the school's only state championship in 1963. The high-jumping forward was named the outstanding player of the championship team, scoring a record of 58 points in 1963 and 73 points in 1964 in the playoffs. Jones, who also lettered in lacrosse for two years, became the first black player at Towson. Playing in a time of great social unrest, Jones turned down an offer to play basketball for the University of Michigan, opting to play for the University of Maryland instead while breaking the color barrier in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
   
Jack Thomas, Class of 1970, Athletic Hall of Fame 2013
The son of legendary coach Bill "Bear" Thomas, was an outstanding athlete at THS, lettering in football, basketball, and lacrosse. Though he was the quarterback of the football team that won a county championship in 1969 and captain of the basketball team that finished second in the county for two years, he was best known for his prowess as a lacrosse player. He led the Generals to three straight county championships in 1968, 1969, and 1970 and remains as the only THS player to receive the C. Markland Kelly Award, given annually to the state's best lacrosse player. At Johns Hopkins University, Thomas played three years varsity lacrosse and football. He was a three-time First Team All-American in lacrosse, leading the Blue Jays to the 1974 NCAA title while setting the single-season scoring record. He also earned the Turnball Trophy as the nation's outstanding attackman in 1973 and 1974 before being named the most outstanding player of the World Games for the championship U.S. national team in 1974.

 
   
Randy Dase, Class of 1972, Athletic Hall of Fame 2013
Five years after he graduated, Dase returned to THS and can still be found in the halls and on the field teaching students and coaching soccer. Throughout his tenure, he has coached the Generals to 10 State Championships; eight lacrosse and two soccer. His personal athletic career at THS spanned nine varsity seasons in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. He remains one of only two athletes in THS history to earn a varsity letter every season, and was named All-County in all three sports. In 1972 he was named Student Athlete of the Year by the Towson Athletic Association and the Talisman after leading the Generals to three county lacrosse titles and one in basketball. Dase attended Johns Hopkins University and was a member of the 1974 championship lacrosse team.
   
Jaimee Reynolds, Class of 1998, Athletic Hall of Fame 2013
was one of the finest all-around athletes in Baltimore County history, a three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse and a member of the only girls lacrosse title in school history. An Honorable Mention All American in 1997, she was also named to the All-County teams in basketball and volleyball. The 1998 Towson Times Female Athlete of the Year, The Sun's 1998 Athlete of the Year and Mildred H. Murray Scholar Athlete Award winner went on to attend Cornell University, playing volleyball and lacrosse. She was a four-time lacrosse All American for the Big Red, a member of the 2002 NCAA Tournament team and 2002 Ivy League Player of the Year. Moreover, Reynolds graduated from Cornell magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biological and environmental engineering.
   
Michael Phelps, Class of 2003, Athletic Hall of Fame 2013
While Phelps attended THS he was in constant training as a competitive swimmer. Shortly after graduation, he set five world records and made his mark at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, winning eight medals, six gold and two bronze. In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, Phelps captured eight gold medals, surpassing swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals in a single game. Although the 2012 London Olympics were to be his last, Phelps did not disappoint. He earned four golds and two silvers making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.  Believed to have retired after the London Olympics, Phelps competed once again in the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning an additional five golds and one silver.   He retired from swimming after Rio with at total medal count of 28; 23 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals to become the most decorated Olympian in history.
   
Carol Eustis (Deceased), Class of 1963, Athletic Hall of Fame 2014
Carol was arguably one of the finest athletes to play at Towson High School from 1961-1963 where she lettered in field hockey, basketball, and softball.   Carol attended the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 1967 and Towson University where she received her Master’s degree in 1973.   In 1969, Coach Eustis began what would become a 46 year career at CCBC Essex where she served as a professor, a field hockey coach, a basketball coach, the Athletic Director and finally, the dean of the School of Health Professions.   A trailblazer of community college athletics at the local, state, regional and national level, Carol a 14-time coach of the year, led several teams to NJCAA Women’s National Championships during her coaching career.  Carol spent 24 years in NJCAA leadership. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the NJCAA vice president for the Women’s Division, the second highest elected national office in the NJCAA. In 1984, she received a Governor’s Citation for contributions to the first decade of Title IX. Carol was inducted into the NJCAA Region XX Hall of Fame in 2001.  Under her tutelage, nearly 20 student-athletes were named NJCAA All Americans.   Carol Eustis died May 9, 2015.  In her name, the ‘Carol D. Eustis Center for Health Professions’ is currently under construction at CCBC Essex.
 
   
Bill Thomas Sr. (Deceased), Teacher/Coach, Athletic Hall of Fame 2014
William F. “Bill” Thomas came to Towson High School as a History teacher and coach in 1952.  In the early years of his tenure, he coached men’s basketball and wrestling, but his most significant contributions to Towson’s athletic program came with the return of football in 1966 and, most notably, as the long time lacrosse coach of the most dominate program in the metro area from 1957 to 1975.   As the head football coach, “The Bear” directed the Generals in their first campaigns and coached their first undefeated team and county championship in 1969. But lacrosse was the jewel of his coaching resume. In 19 years as a head coach, Coach Thomas won an amazing 14 Baltimore County championships including 13 in a row. His teams had NO league losses from 1962 – 1974. He amassed 154 victories and held an 82% winning percentage.  His undefeated 1970 team is considered by many to be one of the greatest high school lacrosse teams ever. His players went on to play at every major program in the nation and 63 of his players became All Americans. Five of those have been inducted in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Coach Thomas was also inducted in 1987. In addition, he was inducted into the Maryland State Sports Hall of Fame and the McDaniel (Western Maryland) Hall of Fame.
After his tenure at THS, Coach Thomas returned to his alma mater, Western Maryland, and coached their lacrosse team to its only two league titles. Despite the impressive numbers of his career, Coach Thomas’ greatest accomplishment was to positively shape the lives of 2 decades of young men.  Bill Thomas died August 5, 1997.

 
   
Randy Walker (Deceased), Teacher/Coach/Athletic Director, Athletic Hall of Fame 2014
Randy Walker graduated from Forest Park High School in 1943 where he excelled at basketball, being selected for the MSA 1st team. A 6-foot-six inch center, he continued to play basketball for Villanova College, East Missouri State Teachers College, and Tulane University.  After college, he made it to the final cut of the professional basketball team, the Baltimore Bullets.  He later received his Master’s degree in Physical Education from Springfield College.   Randy Walker came to Towson High in 1950 as a teacher, coach, and athletic director.  He continued to spend the next 40 years one of the most successful basketball coaches in Baltimore County’s history, racking up 405 victories, including six straight county championships from 1962-1967, and the state title in 1963.   As track coach, his cross country teams won six state crowns under his reign.   Randy refereed many sports, most notably basketball where he officiated high school and college games. In the 1969-1970 basketball season, he was elected president of the IAABO (International Association of Approved Basketball Officials).   Randy Walker died in June of 2007.   He will always be remembered for riding his bike to work.
   
Jimmy Hall, Class of 1963, Athletic Hall of Fame 2014
Jimmy Hall was dual sport athlete in basketball and track. While accomplished in track (then triple jump record of 43’8”) he is most celebrated for basketball. As one of the most dominant and talented Baltimore Area players of his era, Jimmy was the driving force behind the 1962-1963  Baltimore County championships and ultimately the 1963 Maryland State AAAA Basketball Championship.  While he was extremely blessed with exceptional leaping ability, a deadly long-range jump shot and a high basketball IQ, Jimmy breathed confidence into his teammates with his very passionate, arrogant, and physical style of play.  Jimmy received an athletic scholarship to Morgan State College, where he was a four-year starter. As a team captain, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds for his career. Following graduation, he was signed as a free agent with the then Baltimore Bullets of the National Basketball Association and was the final team cut for the 1967-68 season.   He continued playing semi-professional basketball with the Wilmington Blue Bombers.  Jimmy is now retired following 42 years as a teacher and coach for the Baltimore County Public School System.
 
   
Skip Lichtfuss, Class of 1970, Athletic Hall of Fame 2014
Skip was a rare 3-sport athlete who excelled in Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse at Towson High School. He was a member of the only undefeated and Baltimore County Championship Football Team in 1969 earning 1st team All-County and honorable mention All-Metro accolades as a tight end, safety, and punter.   On the Generals basketball team, Skip led the team in scoring his junior and senior years as well as earning 1st team All-County and 2nd team All-Metro status.   However, he was most known for his prowess on the lacrosse field. Coached by fellow 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Bill Thomas, Skip was a big part of the Generals undefeated championship team where he led the county in goals scored, earning 1st team All-County, 1st Team All-Maryland, and 2nd Team All-Metro honors.  Mr. Lichtfuss went on play both basketball and lacrosse in college at Washington & Lee University. There he was a 4-year varsity member on the basketball team.  As a team captain, he still ranks 5th as one of their all-time career scoring leaders with 1,592 points and was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1973 and 1974. Skip was also a 4 year letter winner in lacrosse.   This same lacrosse team was ranked #2 nationally in 1974 and appeared in 2 consecutive NCAA Final Fours in 1973 and 1974.  In 1989, he was inducted into the Washington and Lee University Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1993 he was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  Skip has coached lacrosse at every level of play and is currently the Director of National Teams and High Performance for US Lacrosse.
 
   
Skeet Chadwick, Class of 1970, Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Playing Career:  Soccer and Lacrosse
College:  Washington and Lee University
Achievements and Awards:  High School:  All-County for Soccer and Lacrosse, Captain for Soccer and Lacrosse.  College:  All-American in Lacrosse, 2x Selection for the US Lacrosse Team, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Washington and Lee Hall of Fame.
Quote:  “At Towson I learned the value of teamwork, preparation, hard work, responsibility to others, leadership skills, and the rare value friendship forged by team competition.”

   
Cori Koch, Class of 2002, Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Playing Career:  Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track
College:  University of Maryland
Achievements and Awards  High School:  All-Metro Runner of the Year, All-City/County Runner of the Year, XXXX Champion in Cross Country, 2x State Champion in Indoor Mile and 2 Mile, XXXX Champion in Outdoor (1 Mile), 2x State Champion in Outdoor (2 Mile) XXXX Team Captain Sophomore, Junior and Senior Year, Cross Country MVP 2005 XXXX.
Quote: I enjoyed every part of representing Towson as an athlete, and I will always be proud to be a home-grown Towson girl.”

 
   
Karl Rippelmeyer, Class of 1954, Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Playing Career:  Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse
College:   United States Naval Academy
Achievements and AwardsCollege:  Honorable Mention All-American in Soccer, All-American in Lacrosse, Named Naval Academy Most Outstanding Athlete, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Naval Academy Hall of Fame.
Quote: “My Towson High School experience served me well in the Naval Academy, in the USMC, and with my wife and kids."

   
Beverly (Burnett Snyder) Simpson, Teacher/Coach, Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
College:  James Madison
Coaching Career:  Basketball, Softball, Lacrosse, Volleyball
Achievements and Awards: 35 Year Basketball Coaching Career at Towson High, 478 Wins, 3x Baltimore County Champions, 6x Regional Champions, 4x State Semi-Finalist, 1998 State Champions, 2000 National Basketball Association Coach of the Year, and 1997 Sun Paper Coach of the Year.
Quote: “Be all that you can be, not what you are.”


 
   
Chris Stauffer, Class of 1959, Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Playing Career:  Cross Country, Track & Field
College:  University of Maryland
Achievements and Awards: High School: 1959 County and State Champion in the 440 Yard Dash.  College:  12 ACC Gold Medals, 2x NCAA All-American, Olympic Trials Finalist, ACC Outdoor Outstanding Performer Award, 1963 Penn Relays Champion at 400m IH, and Penn Relays Shuttle Hurdle Relay Champion.
Quote:  “My running journey that began at Towson High School was a life-changing experience.”

   
Laura Capone, Class of 2006, Athletic Hall of Fame 2017
Playing Career:  Soccer, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
College:  University of California, Santa Barbara
Achievements and Awards: 7x County Champion, 5x Regional Champion, 3x State Champion, Set two School Records, 3x All-Metro First Team, 1x All-Metro Second Team, University of California Santa Barbara Triathlon Team, 2010 UCSB Triathlon Team MVP, 2010 West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference Female Champion, Age-Group Ironman World Champion 2015 and Half-Ironman World Champion 2011, Ironman Maryland overall Female Champion 2014, USA Ironman All-American.
Quote: “My experiences at Towson High School taught me to push past my perceived limits, handle being uncomfortable, and even go the extra mile to succeed at whatever I want in all areas of my life.”

   
Brian Kelly, Class of 1989, Athletic Hall of Fame 2017
Playing Career: Lacrosse, Soccer and Football
College:  Johns Hopkins
Achievements and Awards: State Champion in Lacrosse (1988 and 1989), All-County Lacrosse (1988 and 1989), All-County Soccer 1989, 2nd Team All-Metro Lacrosse (1989), Played Lacrosse at Johns Hopkins 1989-1993, Honorable Mention All-American at JHU, Outstanding Midfield Award 1993, Turnball-Reynolds (outstanding leadership and character) Award JHU, Senior Year, Drafted to MLL Baltimore Thunder 1993, Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Goucher College, NJCAA Hall of Fame, Director of FCA Maryland Lacrosse.
Quote: “Victory will come your way if you are disciplined and are willing to pay the price on and off the field.  The game is ten-percent physical and one-hundred percent mental, so we must give one-hundred and ten-percent today.  Thanks Coach Dase, I wouldn’t be half the man I am today if it weren’t for you.”

   
Laura Lemire (Deceased), Class of 1977, Athletic Hall of Fame 2017
Playing Career:  Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Basketball and Track & Field
College:  University of Maryland, College Park
Achievements and Awards:  Towson High Outstanding Female Athlete, National Junior Olympics Track & Field Team in 1976, All-American in Field Hockey and Lacrosse at College Park, Member of Maryland's Lacrosse National Championship Team in 1981, Member of the U.S. National Field Hockey Team, University of Maryland Hall of Fame, Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Recognized as a Maryland Sports Legend in the Maryland Sprts Legends Museum.

   
Jack Magee, Class of 1975, Athletic Hall of Fame 2017
Playing Career: Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
College:  University of Maryland, College Park
Achievements and Awards:  1974 MPSSAA Boys's Individual Cross Country Champion, Member of the 1974 State Championship Cross Country Team, and 1974 Cross Country Team Captain.  1975 Baltimore County Public School Championship in the Mile Relay.  All-County and All-State in 1974.  Nine (9) Varsity Letters.  Varsity Letter winner at Davis and Elkins and University of Maryland, 11th place finisher in the ACC Championship.
Quote: "My induction into the THS Athletic Hall of Fame is made possible in large part due to the coaching and mentorship I received from Coach Randy Walker."



   
Jeff Smith, Class of 1973, Athletic Hall of Fame 2017
Playing Career: Cross Country , Indoor and Outdoor Track
College:  University of Maryland
Achievements and Awards: 1970 & 1972 Baltimore County Champion in Cross Country, 1971 Baltimore County Runner-up in Cross Country and Class 2A State Champion in the 2.5 mile race, 1971 and 1972 Indoor Track Baltimore County Champion and State Champion in the 2 mile run.  Outdoor Track 1972 and 1973 Baltimore County Champion and 1973 State 2A Runner-up in the 2 mile run.  University of Maryland 1976 ACC 2 mile Indoor Champion.  1976 ACC 5000m Outdoor Champion.  Former school record holder at 5000 and 10,000m.  Currently 8th All-Time in the 5000m and 4th All-Time in the 10,000m race.
Quote: “Bring the bacon home, Smitty.”


 
   


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