Charlie won six varsity letters playing soccer and lacrosse while at Dundalk High School from 1948 to 1952. He then moved on to the Unviersity of Maryland, where he played soccer and lacrosse for four years on the varsity level. Charlie was a three time All-American - third team in 1954 and first team in 1955 and 1956. He played on the South Squad in the annual North/South All-Star Game. Charlie graduated from Maryland after receiving the Sylvester Award (1956) and the Powell Award (1955) as well as being on the Lacrosse Honor Roll of the University of Mayland.
He continued playing after graduation at Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club in 1957 and 1960 and coach of the team from 1962 to 1964. He played and coached for the Washington Box Lacrosse Club in 1961 and 1962. He was the Outstanding Club Player of 1964 and a Club All Star in 1963.
Charlie's military career saw him in a number of locations. He was originally assigned as an Air Force pilot to Andrews Air Force Base in 1959, but was reassigned to Hawaii in 1964. Five years later, after Charlie served his tour in Vietnam, he moved to Davis Montham Air Force Base in Arizona. It was in 1971 and 1972 that he won the Air Force Handball Championship, and in 1975 that he was transferred to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Finally, in 1977, Charlie was transferred to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. During his service, Charlie won two silver stars, one distinguished flying cross, and seventeen air medals.