John W. "Jack" Zane served as the sports information director at the University of Maryland from 1970 until 1988. Zane received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from Maryland in 1960 and worked as the sports information director at George Washington University before returning to UMD. After Herb Harnett took over as sports information director, Zane took on other responsibilities in the athletic department, including ticket manager and director of the Walk of Fame at the Comcast Center.
This collection includes images of some of the marquee names in University of Maryland athletic history including James Kehoe, Geary Eppley, Len Elmore, Tom McMillen, H. Burton Shipley, Renaldo Nehemiah, Steve Francis, Bill Guckeyson, and Arthur Cook, as well as many lesser-known but accomplished athletes. The following championship teams are also featured: track (1959), fencing (1978), tennis (1956, 1964), soccer (1950s), lacrosse (1954, 1973, 1975, and baseball (1970, 1971), among others. Audio-visual materials in the collection include several university-produced videos related to athletics: "The Proud Season - Maryland Basketball 1993-94," "Building on a Winning Tradition - A Bold Plan to Build a New 17,000 Seat Arena," circa 2000-2002, "The Year of the Terps - 2001-2002 Highlights Video," and a DVD produced by the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum titled "Maryland's Great Sports Moments," circa 2002-2005, that includes Maryland football from the early 1950s and the 2002 NCAA basketball championship. This collection also contains audio files, including play-by-play of the first half of a Maryland-North Carolina basketball game in 1958, Dean Geary Eppley's testimonial dinner in 1964, and a 1975 basketball banquet at which John Wooden, UCLA's head coach, was the guest speaker. Other materials include plaques, newspaper clippings about the athletics program, awards banquet programs, NCAA record books, publications, and memorabilia. Item-level inventories are available and can be found in the "Additional Description" section of this finding aid.