Report: Lefty Driesell to be inducted to Naismith Hall of Fame

Lefty Driesell

Former Maryland basketball coach and Norfolk native Charles G. “Lefty” Driesell may finally be headed to the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Basketball writer John Feinstein tweeted enthusiastically Wednesday night that Lefty is in the Naismith hall.

Driesell, 84, has previously been inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. 

Driesell was born in Norfolk, played center at Duke, and coached at Granby and Newport News high schools as well as Davidson College. However, he became one of the most famous sports figures in the nation during the 17 years he coached at Maryland.

The Maryland teams Driesell coached never reached the Final 4 — but several times he had one of the top three teams in the country. He took both Maryland and Davidson to the Elite 8, invented Midnight Madness and became the first real “personality” coach in college basketball.

“Lefty” also led James Madison  and Georgia State to NCAA Tournament appearances. He and his wife Joyce retired to Virginia Beach years ago.

The Naismith Hall of Fame announcement will be made Saturday at the Final Four in San Antonio.

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