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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 offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reportedly receives new contract

    Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley reportedly receives new contract
    The contract of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley wasn’t due to expire until the end of next season. But, as it prepares to enter the Big Ten, the school has reportedly decided to renew its commitment to Locksley, who is also the...
  • Maryland picked to finish second in ACC women's lacrosse

    Maryland picked to finish second in ACC women's lacrosse
    Women's college lacrosse Maryland picked to finish second in ACC NCAA runner-up Maryland was picked in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse preseason poll to finish second behind national champion North Carolina. The Tar Heels received...
  • Thoughts on Ralph Friedgen, Melo Trimble starting next year and the odds Damian Prince picks Maryland

    Thoughts on Ralph Friedgen, Melo Trimble starting next year and the odds Damian Prince picks Maryland
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. What's your take on having not only James Franklin -- but now perhaps Ralph Friedgen -- in the Big Ten...
  • Maryland could face former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen next season in Big Ten

    Maryland could face former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen next season in Big Ten
    Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen -- who sought a contract extension from the school in 2010 and instead found himself out of a job -- may meet up with the Terps next season. According to reports, Friedgen – a former Maryland offensive...
  • Morgan State to announce Maryland assistant Lee Hull as head football coach

    Morgan State to announce Maryland assistant Lee Hull as head football coach
    Lee Hull, the wide receivers coach and a valuable recruiter for Maryland the past six seasons, will be introduced Thursday as the new head coach of Morgan State, according to the school. In hiring Hull, Morgan State is trying to transition to a new...
  • James Franklin would become one of Terps' top rivals if hired by Penn State

    James Franklin would become one of Terps' top rivals if hired by Penn State
    When he was a Maryland quarterback, Chris Turner told a story of his phone once ringing at 4:34 in the morning. It was passionate, intense James Franklin — an amped-up electron of a football coach for whom sleep is apparently an overvalued...
  • Lee Hull stresses family atmosphere as he takes over at Morgan State

    Lee Hull stresses family atmosphere as he takes over at Morgan State
    Former Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith sat in the first row as Lee Hull was introduced as Morgan State's 19th head football coach on Thursday. Hull, the Terps' receivers coach for the past six years, told a gathering of Bears players and...
  • Former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen, quarterback Danny O'Brien together again

    Former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen, quarterback Danny O'Brien together again
    Quarterback Danny O'Brien signed with Maryland in 2009 in part because of Ralph Friedgen. O'Brien wanted to win in college and play in the pros, and it wasn't unreasonable to believe the longtime Terps coach would be there for him, helping him, from his...
  • As Torrey Smith's star soars ever higher, Ravens wide receiver remains down to earth

    As Torrey Smith's star soars ever higher, Ravens wide receiver remains down to earth
    The crowd started gathering long before the guest of honor was due to arrive. They wore No. 82 jerseys, Super Bowl XLVII championship T-shirts and any other purple article of clothing they could find, turning Jimmy's Famous Seafood into a Ravens pep...
  • Former Terps star Kenny Tate is trying to keep his NFL dream alive

    Former Terps star Kenny Tate is trying to keep his NFL dream alive
    Kenny Tate couldn't have known how fleeting it would be -- those heady weeks after his junior season of 2010 when the NFL beckoned and he made a fateful decision to postpone the career he long imagined and return to Maryland. It didn't surprise...
  • Terps one win away from becoming bowl-eligible

    Terps one win away from becoming bowl-eligible
    COLLEGE PARK — One more win would make Maryland bowl-eligible for the first time since 2010, but it would also accomplish a whole lot more. One more win and the team can breathe a collective sigh of relief because it knows it won't be succumbing...
  • Q&A with reporter Andy Bitter about Terps-Virginia Tech

    Q&A with reporter Andy Bitter about Terps-Virginia Tech
    With Maryland set to play at Virginia Tech on Saturday, I responded to some questions from Andy Bitter, a sports reporter who covers the Hokies for the Virginian-Pilot and Roanoke Times. In response, I asked Bitter some questions on Virginia Tech....