Maryland Coach Frese's Twin Boys Are Born

By Kathy Orton
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, February 18, 2008

DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 17 -- Maryland Coach Brenda Frese gave birth to twin boys Sunday morning at a Maryland hospital. Markus William Thomas, born at 10:21 a.m., weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. His brother, Tyler Joseph, arrived 30 minutes later, weighing 6 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 19 1/4 inches. The boys are the first children for Frese, 37, and husband Mark Thomas.

The players found out about the twins' arrival at the end of the shoot-around before their game against Duke. As they huddled at the end of practice, assistant coach Erica Floyd showed her cellphone to assistant coach Daron Park. Immediately, the players knew what was happening.

"We're all like, 'Coach B. had the babies!' " Laura Harper said. "I mean, we've been waiting."

According to a text message from Mark Thomas, Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen called and Athletic Director Debbie Yow stopped by the hospital.

"Our phones haven't stopped chirping as texts, calls and e-mails came in," he wrote.

Frese, whose due date was March 11, had hoped to deliver the babies in time to return for the ACC tournament, which will begin March 6. The statement said her plans to return to the sideline will be announced at a later date. The players, particularly the seniors, are hoping Frese returns for their final regular season home game this Sunday against Florida State.

"I pray that she'll be back for senior night, honestly," said Harper, one of four seniors on the team. "I don't think she'll let our class down like that. Coach B is such a fighter. The fact that she's been at every practice that she's been [at], trying to come to every game, pretty much she doesn't want to be anywhere else but with us. She had the babies, and she had them naturally. They might send her home tomorrow."

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