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Ralph Friedgen

Ralph Friedgen is a former head football coach of the University of Maryland Terrapins, a post he held from the 2001 season until 2010. Friedgen originally came to College Park as a player after a standout high school career in Harrison, N.Y., where he played quarterback on his father's team. At Maryland, Friedgen was switched to offensive guard. After graduating from Maryland in 1970, Friedgen embarked on his coaching career, starting as a graduate assistant with the Terps. He followed that up with assistant coaching positions at The Citadel, William & Mary, Murray State and then back to Maryland from 1982-86. The Terps made four bowl games and won three consecutive ACC championships during... Show more »
Ralph Friedgen is a former head football coach of the University of Maryland Terrapins, a post he held from the 2001 season until 2010. Friedgen originally came to College Park as a player after a standout high school career in Harrison, N.Y., where he played quarterback on his father's team. At Maryland, Friedgen was switched to offensive guard. After graduating from Maryland in 1970, Friedgen embarked on his coaching career, starting as a graduate assistant with the Terps. He followed that up with assistant coaching positions at The Citadel, William & Mary, Murray State and then back to Maryland from 1982-86. The Terps made four bowl games and won three consecutive ACC championships during this time. After a five-year stint as Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (which included a Yellow Jackets national title in 1990), Friedgen moved to the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. There he coached under Bobby Ross, who also had Friedgen on his staffs at Maryland, Georgia Tech and The Citadel. The NFL highlight for Friedgen was the Chargers' 1994 Super Bowl appearance. After the 1996 season, Friedgen returned to Georgia Tech for a four-year stint as offensive coordinator. Maryland fired head coach Ron Vanderlinden in 2000, and athletic director Debbie Yow tapped Friedgen for his first head coaching job ever. During his first year at the helm (2001), Maryland won its first ACC championship since 1985. For that accomplishment, Friedgen was named national coach of the year. Friedgen was replaced at Maryland by Randy Edsall. « Show less

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  • Maryland may grab Mike Leach before FAU gets a chance

     
    Uh, oh. My Hire Mike Leach campaign could get knee-capped before it gets up and running. Reports out of Maryland say the Terps are ready to pull the plug on Ralph Friedgen and if that happens, the leading candidate would...
  • Thanks to Maryland, the Hire Mike Leach campaign is back

     
    Well, my Hire Mike Leach campaign has been revived. If Leach does end up at FAU, fans can thank Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, who played if safe by hiring Connecticut???s Randy Edsall. That leaves Leach still looking for a...

    Beamer's hiring 25 years ago inspired, historic for Hokies, Baughman

    <big>Beamer's hiring 25 years ago inspired, historic for Hokies, Baughman</big>
    The bedsheet banner, hanging outside a Jamerson Center window, begged him to stay. "Dutch Don't Go We Need U" But Dale T. "Dutch" Baughman is a cowboy by birth and a rebel at heart. After six contentious months as Virginia Tech's athletic director, he...

    Simply stunning

    One coach figured to be daring, the other gun-shy. Both went against type Saturday night, setting the stage for one of the most confounding college football results the commonwealth has ever witnessed. Virginia 31, Maryland 0. If you saw this coming,...

    Hokies finding plenty of motivation

    Virginia Tech successfully reached the halfway point of its monthlong internal referendum on desire after a game that felt like watching a kid pull the wings off of flies. The Hokies' quest for a third consecutive ACC championship game and BCS bowl berth...