Feb. 7, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos was reunited with his former SID at Maryland, Jack Zane, on Friday night at Babe's Birthday Bash held at the Baltimore Sports Legend Museum.
The event celebrated the 114th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth, and also honored Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora, who was awarded the Babe Ruth Community Service Award.
Jack Zane '60 was Maryland's director of sports information and has a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of Maryland athletics.
"I've seen the athletic department grow from 12 varsity sports to 27 varsity teams with the advent of Title IX and women's sports," Zane reflects.
Patsos worked with Zane when he was an assistant coach at Maryland under Gary Williams from 1991-2004, including the 2002 team which won the NCAA Championship.
Current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Kovarik also played and coached for the Terps during Zane's tenure.
Zane, known as "Mr. Terp Everything," was a sports reporter for The Diamondback. After college, he took a job at George Washington University compiling and reporting sports information for the media before Maryland called him home.
Zane also worked as Maryland's ticket manager and later as executive director of the Walk of Fame, an exhibit commemorating university athletes in the Comcast Center. He serves as Maryland's point-person for Sports Legends at Camden Yards, a Baltimore museum.
The Silver Spring, Md., resident and his wife, Judy, a devoted Terp fan and alumni association volunteer, travel with the football and basketball teams. Zane handles tickets for players' families, friends and coaches and serves as the M Club's historian.
"We were so close to the program back then and we just stayed a part of it," Zane says. "You just work wherever you're needed."
Thanks to Jane McCarl '52 for submitting this story idea. She and the Jacks, longtime friends, have remained loyal Maryland supporters and have volunteered for many Maryland-friendly causes together over the years.