Men's Basketball, 1978-79
The 1978-79 UMBC men’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regionals Championship on March 3, 1979. The Baltimore Sun reported: "John Goedeke’s 2 free throws with 7 seconds remaining enabled the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to edge Virginia Union College 58 to 56, last night." Although the newspaper highlighted Goedeke in the lead for the story, the whole team played heroically. Coach Billy Jones said "Howie Kane, Jack Kane, John Goedeke and Reggie Nance have done it for us all season. Doug Dodrill also did a fine job." Goedeke and Jack Kane were three-year starters from Parkville High School who were later joined by Jack’s brother Howie. Coach Jones was notable in his own right, not only for being the first African American to earn a basketball scholarship in the Atlantic Coast Conference at University of Maryland in 1964, but also for coaching UMBC to five winning seasons between 1974 and 1986.
In photograph, left to right: Guy Cottman, Jim Smith (Assistant Coach), Mark Clark, Bill Larash, Tom Vines, Doug Dodrill, Jake Kane, Howie Kane, Jeff Brooks, John Goedeke, Reggie Nance, Billy Jones (Coach), Page Elliot, Mike Beckett (Student Assistant), Jerry Chepaitis, and Zena Galloway with the championship trophy.