October 21, 2017
Welcomed by the cheers of McDaniel family and friends, the new Green Terror debuted at Saturday’s Homecoming and Family Weekend pre-game festivities celebrating the College’s 150 years on the Hill.
The Green Terror made its first appearance in the October 15, 1923 edition of Western Maryland monthly. The article recounts a WMC football game where the 11 players on the field that day are called "green terrors." Some say that then-Coach D.K. Shroyer coined the term "Terror" to boost the morale of his players after a loss. Others claim that a reporter described the team as "terrors" after a victory.
Whatever the origin of the Green Terror, the name has come to represent the spirit of the College community both on and off the athletic field. The Green Terror has seen several incarnations — a wolf-like critter, a bobcat and even a leopard — but currently reigns as the symbol of the deep-rooted commitment to excellence and perseverance found on the Hill.
With the mascot costume clearly in need of replacement, the McDaniel community was surveyed to find out what they imagined the Green Terror to be. More than 700 alumni, students, faculty and staff responded — and that feedback combined with the generous gifts of dozens of alumni, friends and students gave the College’s beloved mascot a much needed makeover.