Silver Spring native and former Maryland standout Tom Brown, who played 61 games for the Washington Senators in 1963 before deciding to pursue a career in football, will also be recognized. Brown, a defensive back, won a pair of Super Bowls with the Packers and spent the final season of his career with the Redskins in 1969.
Dolan, an Arlington native and Yorktown graduate, won gold in the 400-meter individual medley at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Games and later founded a swim school in Dulles. Reese, a four-time national champion as a player at Maryland from 1994 to 1998, has led the Terps’ women’s lacrosse team to four more NCAA titles during her 13 years as head coach. Maryland has advanced to the Final Four in 10 consecutive years under her watch. She will be inducted with Cirovski, who has led the Maryland men’s soccer team to three national titles, with the most recent one coming last year.
Former DeMatha and Duke basketball standout Danny Ferry, another of this year’s inductees, will join his father, former Bullets general manager Bob Ferry, among the names displayed on the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame’s banner at Nationals Park. The other individuals in this year’s class are Andrew Beyer, who served as The Washington Post’s horse racing columnist for 38 years until his retirement in 2016; Kevin Payne, who oversaw four MLS Cup-winning teams as D.C. United’s first president; and Albert “Allie” Ritzenberg, the longtime tennis coach at St. Albans School who died in November at 100.
In addition to this year’s 10 individual inductees, the 2017-18 Washington Capitals will be honored as the Hall’s first “Team of Distinction” for making “a significant and positive impact in the Greater Washington community through outstanding achievement.” Nationals Park was one of the first stops on the Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory tour in June. The team brought the trophy to the ballpark for a game against the San Francisco Giants before heading to Georgetown, swimming in fountains and partying some more at Cafe Milano. This year’s induction ceremony figures to be slightly more subdued.
The D.C. Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1980 but went dormant for about a decade starting around 2001. Nominees for inclusion, as determined by a 13-member selection committee headed by chairman Bobby Goldwater, “must have gained prominence in the Washington area through their achievements in sports as an athlete, coach, owner, executive, member of the media or contributor.”