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Montgomery County’s Sports Hall of Fame honors six local sports luminaries

Organization preps for induction ceremony

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Amy Wood, former field hockey coach at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, is one of this year's inductees into the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame.

Photos courtesy Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame

This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2020, to clarify information about Johnny Holliday.

The Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame has revealed its newest class of honorees ahead of its second annual induction ceremony.

The nonprofit organization will honor Johnny Holliday, Curtis Pride, Amy Wood, Tom Brown, Jeri Ingram and Roy Lester in a virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. The inductees, all of whom have a connection to the county, were chosen for their advancement of athletics and contributions to the community.

• Holliday has been a sportscaster for the University of Maryland since 1978, covering football and basketball. He also hosted the MASN pre- and post-game show for the Washington Nationals. Holliday is a Kensington resident.

• Pride was one of the few deaf players in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, California Angels and the Montreal Expos. Pride attended John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring.

• Wood coached field hockey at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School for 19 years, earning nine straight state titles between 1994 and 2002.

• Brown played in both the MLB and the National Football League. He started out with baseball, playing for the Washington Senators. He then switched to football, playing for the Green Bay Packers before returning to Washington to play with the Redskins. Brown had previously played the two sports at the University of Maryland. Brown went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

• Ingram was the first undefeated tennis player in Maryland history as an athlete at Springbrook High School. She had a record of 106-0 from 1985 to 1988. Ingram continued playing at the University of Maryland, becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference champion in 1989. She is now the executive director and developmental coach for the Metropolitan Tennis and Education Group and assistant coach at Saint John’s College High School in Chevy Chase, D.C.

• Lester was a renowned football coach. He boasts six undefeated seasons in the 1960s with Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Lester then coached at the University of Maryland for three years. He led Montgomery County teams to a total of 260 wins. Lester passed away in May of 2020 at 96 years old.

The organization selects inductees based on an array of qualifications, not merely athletic ability. Honorees must be connected to sports in Montgomery County — either growing up here, having their career here or making a meaningful contribution to sports in the county.

This year, the hall of fame received 41 nominations for potential honorees. It also carried over for consideration everyone nominated last year.

This year’s ceremony will be the organization’s second.

Last year’ inductees were Katie Ledecky, decorated Olympic swimmer from Bethesda; Dominique Dawes, the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics; Shawn Springs, professional football player and CEO of a company making safer football helmets; Bob Milloy, Montgomery County resident and celebrated high school football coach; Bruce Murray, professional soccer player; and Walter Johnson, famed Washington Senators pitcher.

County Council Member Gabe Albornoz, a former director of Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation, and former County Executive Ike Leggett launched the hall of fame two years ago with the hopes of spotlighting sports in the area.