Tatum's Twelfth Man
[Maryland's Football Coach Jim Tatum]

Here is an article re: GARY HAYMAN that appeared a few years back in an issue of "The Old Line" magazine, a University of Maryland publication.


Tatum's Twelfth Man
by Adele Chidakel

THERE’LL BE another varsity squad out on the field Saturday, when the Terps meet North Carolina State in Homecoming weekend’s major event. They are the ten students, two boys and eight girls, who show Maryland fans how to let the team know we're behind them, the varsity cheerleaders.

These ten who wear red M's on their sweaters to indicate they've been on the squad at least a year, are
head cheerleader and captain Gary Hayman, Bob Benson, Ginny Dean, Sally Miller, Nancy Mularkey, Barbara Baker, Nancy Antrim, Anne Williams, Pat Hoover, and Audrey Nicoloudis, vice-captain.

Gary was elected to his dual-capacity last spring, and is Maryland's first male head cheerleader in years and years. A 20-year-old physics major from Washington, he is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and in addition to leading cheers, acts as treasurer of the Interfraternity Council, vice-president of SAC, and football weekend chairman.

Gary meets board and tuition bills by working in the campus library and at odd jobs after classes. He has spent his summers working at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Silver Spring, and after graduation will go into the research and development section of the Air Force.

When he first joined the squad, they had a mascot, a little red-haired boy. "He was good, too. Did the motions for the cheers along with the others," Gary said. "He grew up, though." Recently the squad decided to find a new mascot, so tryouts were held to pick a promising five-year-old. The Terp shouters have no animal mascot since a turtle, unlike the Navy goat and the Army mule, just isn't built for parading around a football field. The stuffed terrapin in the athletic office is about the nearest thing to a mascot the group can get.

Weekly practice sessions are held to keep high kicks and strong lungs in shape for football weekends, home games and bowl games. The squad says Hayman, always welcomes ideas for new cheers and pep songs.

As head cheerleader Hayman lets the others know which cheers to use, leads meetings of the group, works with the SAC on pep rallies, and arranges transportation. When asked how he happened to get into the cheerleading game, Gary says, "I saw the cheerleaders in action here when I was a freshman, and decided I'd like to do that too." He went to tryouts, was picked for the junior varsity squad, and then worked his way to his present position. I guess I'm really just a disgruntled football player," is the way he puts it.

Sweaters are provided for the cheerleaders, but they buy the skirts and trousers that complete their uniform. Some of the members are working on a design for a skirt, which they will submit for approval of the Student Activities Committee. They hope to have the skirt accepted as part of the regulation uniform and furnished along with the sweaters.

WATCHING THE cheerleaders on the field, spectators sometimes get the impression that they are more excited about the game than the players. Several years ago; the was a girl on the squad who in leading songs, kicked so high that she often lost her balance and tumbled over backward. Because they re so active cheerleaders usually aren't nervous. An exception was a girl cheerleader who sat on the sidelines and chewed her nails whenever Maryland's ace quarterback was on the field. She had good reason. The QB was her husband-to-be, Jack Scarbath.

The quantity and quality of noise coming out of the Terp cheering section has improved tremendously this year; the cheerleaders say. Judging from a special pep rally held for the freshmen soon after school started, they got their team spirit in a hurry, and may well become the backbone of the Maryland noise-making group. The cheerleaders believe in that old saying, "the more the merrier," with a slight revision -- in place of
merrier, they substitute noisier.

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