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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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  • Ralph Friedgen and a remembrance of things past

    Ralph Friedgen and a remembrance of things past
  • In Bear's Tracks: Ralph Friedgen follows father's footsteps

    In Bear's Tracks: Ralph Friedgen follows father's footsteps
    With trembling hands, he reached for the phone and dialed the number. He was nervous, but his mind was clear. He was done with Maryland football. Finished. Three head coaches in three years had told him 300 different things, and none of them seemed able...
  • Adrian Coxson talks about leaving Maryland, transferring to Stony Brook

    Adrian Coxson talks about leaving Maryland, transferring to Stony Brook
    The only previous experience Adrian Coxson had with a Football Championship Subdivision team was when Maryland came away with a 28-3 win over Towson last fall. Before that, the Terps wide receiver had never given any FCS school much thought, and he...
  • Turning Terps' season around starts with Boston College

    Turning Terps' season around starts with Boston College
    It was late in the fourth quarter and the sun was beginning to set as Maryland took the ball in half-empty Doak Campbell Stadium trailing Florida State by 31 points. "I kind of told the guys, 'This is a pride drive,'" said quarterback Danny O'Brien,...
  • Locksley says he's "home" at Maryland

    Locksley says he's "home" at Maryland
    New Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley met with the media today and talked about coming "home" to the Baltimore-Washington area,  about the Terps' quarterback situation and about a recruit he seems particularly excited to coach. Locksley was...
  • Terps' new offensive coordinator ready for fresh start

    Terps' new offensive coordinator ready for fresh start
    – For new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, returning to Maryland – where he previously served as an assistant to two Terps' head coaches – feels like renewal. After a trying stint on and off the field as New Mexico's head coach ,...
  • Danny O'Brien is contemplating life after Maryland

    Danny O'Brien is contemplating life after Maryland
    Danny O’Brien hasn’t made his decision final yet, but the Maryland quarterback is serious enough about exploring options beyond Maryland that he’s already thinking about where else he’s likely to end up. According to those...
  • Danny O'Brien leaving Maryland

    Danny O'Brien leaving Maryland
    COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien, who endured a trying season in which he lost his starting job and broke his arm, was granted his release from the program Monday after declaring he needs “a fresh start.” Offensive lineman...
  • O'Brien's transfer release excludes Vanderbilt

    O'Brien's  transfer release excludes Vanderbilt
    Maryland quarterback  Danny O'Brien  was given his release by the football program, but Vanderbilt and other schools were excluded as transfer possibilities. His transfer release also excludes upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference opponents as well as...
  • Q&A with Maryland football coach Randy Edsall

    Q&A with Maryland football coach Randy Edsall
    It was Randy Edsall himself who said early in the 2011 season that the job of turning the Maryland football program into a major Atlantic Coast Conference power wasn't going to be easy and it certainly wasn't going to be done overnight. Still, he couldn'...
  • Ravens Q&A with rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith

    Ravens Q&A with rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith
    Each week, we bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player, coach or team executive to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is wide receiver Torrey Smith, who caught the game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining Sunday...
  • Towson's Ambrose is FCS Coach of the Year; West is top freshman

    Towson's Ambrose is FCS Coach of the Year; West is top freshman
    Towson football coach Rob Ambrose heard the news as he was busy recruiting and making preparations for winter workouts. Then he looked up past winners of the Eddie Robinson Award, in honor of the legendary Grambling State coach and given since 1987 to...