|Al Heagy was born December 3, 1906 in Rockville, Maryland. He was educated at the Western High School, graduating in 1926, then on to the University of Maryland, graduating with a BS degree in 1930.
While in high school, Al played three years of football and basketball and captained the basketball team his senior year. At Maryland, Al made nine varsity letters -- in football, basketball, and lacrosse, and captained the 1930 Maryland lacrosse team. He was a member of the All Star-All Maryland University Lacrosse Team in 1930, and also was selected on the All-American team that year. He was a member of the All-Star South football team as an end in 1930, was class president at Maryland for three years, a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity.
Upon graduating from the University of Maryland he started as an assistant coach and coached continually until he retired after the 1965 season. He was co-coach with Jack Faber for 25 years or more and became head coach when Jack retired after the 1963 season. During his coaching years at Maryland, Maryland won the championship in 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1955, 1956, and 1959.
Al entered the state inspection service in August, 1930 as a chemist and had a continually rising career in the Department of Chemistry for the state, taking over responsible positions one right after the other. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland. He was a state chemist, a job to which he was appointed on February 1, 1962. Al is a member of the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. At the University of Maryland, he was a member of the Arts and Sciences Executive Committee, Board of Directors of the "M" Club, and chairman of the Scholarship Fund. He was the first executive director of the "M" Club Foundation.
With all these time-consuming positions Al has managed to work steadily in his community, being a past councilman and Mayor of University Park, member of the Civil Defense Corporation, Draft Board Advisor, Prince George County Heart Association, College Park Rotary Club, Parent-Teachers Association and the Boy Scouts. He had been either chairman or president of all these organizations during his life at the University of Maryland.
Al and his wife Elizabeth were married August 8, 1940 and they had two children - John Albert and Elizabeth Ann.
Al Heagy passed away on April 1, 1990.