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Benn Maggs

Benn Maggs joined the faculty of the Maryland Sate Normal School at Salisbury in 1933 when the school was only eight years old. He had previously received his Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and his master's degree from New York University.

Maggs who came to be known simple as "Coach" was the first male member of the Physical Education Department when he began as the athletics directory and seventh grade teacher at the campus school. He started teaching the first eight male students to be admitted to the college, and through 1962, every male student was enrolled in Coach's physical education classes. In 1925, he moved to the college faculty full time, and from then on his responsibilities included men's athletics, intramural's and sports club activities.

Maggs had talents beyond athletics as well. A talented musician as well as an athlete, he also was hired to be the conductor of the orchestra. He was the first instrumental music instructor as the college even after his retirement.

Maggs' first intercollegiate coaching sport was soccer, which he coached from 1934 until 1976 (except during World War II when he served in the Navy from 1942 to 1944). During his career, Maggs also coached gymnastics, basketball and baseball. Coach was instrumental in organizing track, intramural softball, tennis, volleyball, boxing, fencing and weight lifting. As the college developed and grew in size, Maggs became chairman of the Men's Physical Education Department, and he held this position from 1961 to 1971 when he elected to devote his time to teaching and coaching, Coach Maggs retired from Salisbury in 1976.

When Tawes Gymnasium was built in 1962. Maggs helped with its layout and development. Later Coach also helped with plans for the facility that now carries his name. Maggs Physical Activities Center opened in 1977.


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