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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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  • Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch for Maryland's top prospects

    Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch for Maryland's top prospects
    In the last few years of the Ralph Friedgen era, Maryland struggled to lure the top local talent to College Park. That's something new coach Randy Edsall, who transitioned Connecticut from Div. I-FCS to a BCS bowl, will try to change as he places his...
  • Revisiting Maryland's 2008 football recruiting class: The offense

    Revisiting Maryland's 2008 football recruiting class: The offense
    Four years ago last month I covered my first Maryland football Signing Day for The Baltimore Sun. There wasn't a consensus opinion on the Terps' 2008 recruiting class -- Rivals.com ranked it the No. 38 group in the country, while Scout.com had it listed...
  • Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps

    Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps
    Mark Turgeon’s first season at Maryland likely ended with an 85-69 loss to top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament Friday in Atlanta.  Despite the Terps losing four of their last five games and with seemingly little...
  • Could Danny O'Brien join Bill O'Brien at Penn State?

    Could Danny O'Brien join Bill O'Brien at Penn State?
    Desmond Connor is the Connecticut sports beat writer for one of our sibling papers, The Hartford Courant. He tweeted Thursday that UConn, Wisconsin and Penn State are the three schools showing the most interest in former Maryland quarterbackDanny O'...
  • Ravens release cornerback Domonique Foxworth

    Ravens release cornerback Domonique Foxworth
    Three years ago, the Ravens signed Domonique Foxworth, a Maryland native, to one of the most lucrative free-agent contracts in team history. But an injury never gave Foxworth an opportunity to live up to the deal, and Monday, the Ravens terminated the...
  • Tough decisions have marked Anderson's 18-month tenure in College Park

    Tough decisions have marked Anderson's 18-month tenure in College Park
    The first months of a college athletic director's tenure are typically spent getting a feel for the landscape. For Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, his first seven months included leading a major overhaul that included the messy divorce with a...
  • Interview with Kevin Anderson has changed this writer's opinion

    Interview with Kevin Anderson has changed this writer's opinion
    As a reporter, you are taught to keep your opinions out of the stories you write. But the blogosphere has allowed certain freedoms that didn’t exist before. As someone who has covered and followed University of Maryland athletics since coming to...
  • The Last Word with Cameron Chism

    The Last Word with Cameron Chism
    Maryland cornerback Cameron Chism started 32 straight games from 2009 until being benched near the end of last season. He is one of just three players in school history -- Curome Cox and Bob Haley are the others -- with two interception returns for...
  • Terrapin football in a shell of a bad place

    Although I graduated from another university, I have followed the University of Maryland's sports teams for 40 years. Having been born and raised in the Baltimore area, I suppose it emanates from a "Maryland pride" mind-set. What does Maryland Athletic...
  • Our Take: The week in Maryland sports

    Our Take: The week in Maryland sports
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland football and basketball. For the first edition of this feature, Barker, Markus and Bracken each give their take on...
  • The Last Word with Tim Downs

    The Last Word with Tim Downs
    When he was in fifth grade, Tim Downs arrived at an important life decision: he would play football at Maryland. Growing up in Latrobe, Pa., Downs idolized Kyle Schmitt, an offensive lineman at Derry Area High School who had accepted a football...
  • Maryland's Edsall running football program his way

    Maryland's Edsall running football program his way
    There is only one way Randy Edsall wants the Maryland football program to be run: his. "I'm not worried about pleasing everybody," the first-year Terps coach said Monday. "If I think I got to please everybody, then we're not going to be as good as we...