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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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  • The Last Word with Austin Walker

    The Last Word with Austin Walker
    At Maryland, Austin Walker lived the dream of walk-on football players everywhere. The 6-foot, 195-pound safety from Langley High in Northern Virginia joined the Terps in 2007 and redshirted as a freshman. Over the course of the next two seasons,...
  • Next challenge for Kentucky? The new-look Maryland Terrapins

    Next challenge for Kentucky? The new-look Maryland Terrapins
    The next time college basketball fans see Kentucky, the newly crowned national champions will look a lot different. So will the team the Wildcats will be facing – Maryland. Neither the countdown nor the buildup for their Nov. 9 matchup at the...
  • Navy's losing streak tests its leadership skills

    Navy's losing streak tests its leadership skills
    Ken Niumatalolo has often said during his four seasons as Navy's head coach that developing leadership skills is more important for his players than winning football games. It was hard to tell during Niumatalolo's first three years whether the...
  • 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,...
  • Uniform changes will make Maryland a truly new-look football team

    Uniform changes will make Maryland a truly new-look football team
    When Maryland's new football uniforms are unveiled later this month, they will be as conspicuous for what doesn't appear on the jerseys as what does. Gone will be the players' names — an equipment decision that figures prominently in what might...
  • Edsall: "I'm not panicking"

    First-year Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, whose team has lost six of seven games, said he remains as confident as ever that his methods are working and that his players are firmly on board. “No question,” Edsall said at his weekly...
  • Edsall "not panicking" about Maryland's 2-6 start to season

    Edsall "not panicking" about Maryland's 2-6 start to season
    First-year Maryland football coach Randy Edsall, whose team has lost six of seven games, said he remains as confident as ever that his methods are working and that his players are firmly on board. "No question," Edsall said at his weekly media...
  • A distinct Terps flavor at Preakness 2012

    A distinct Terps flavor at Preakness 2012
    University of Maryland fans made their presence felt Saturday through their ownership of horses whose names clearly showed their allegiance to the Terps. Among the Terps fans involved with horses is Fred Greene Jr., a Maryland grad and a Terps football...
  • After his sexist comment, James Franklin proves he's not just another used-car salesman

    After his sexist comment, James Franklin proves he's not just another used-car salesman
    The comments former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin made about the criteria he uses in choosing his assistant coaches at Vanderbilt came as a surprise to me. I always thought Franklin, like a lot of college coaches, was a used car salesman,...
  • The Last Word with Tony Logan

    The Last Word with Tony Logan
    Tony Logan was one of the few constants for an up-and-down Maryland football program over the past three years. The Piscataway, N.J., native was a dynamic special-teams presence, making the Terps a threat to score on every punt return. A first-team All-...
  • Plank encourages Maryland fans to embrace Edsall

    Plank encourages Maryland fans to embrace Edsall
    Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank says it's time for Maryland supporters to "wrap our arms around" football coach Randy Edsall, who endured a 2-10 season and plenty of fan criticism in his first year in College Park, and to "stop rooting against him."...
  • The Last Word with Maurice Hampton

    The Last Word with Maurice Hampton
    Defensive tackle Maurice Hampton was always one of the most interesting Maryland football players to interview. Chatty with the media, Hampton played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his career and offered reporters a broad perspective...