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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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  • 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...
  • Early mornings lead to quick rise for Towson's West

    Early mornings lead to quick rise for Towson's West
    The route Terrance West took from an overshadowed high school player in Baltimore to college star is not typical of athletes. It's not the fact that West had to spend a year in prep school after finishing at Northwestern High to shore up his academics...
  • Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to earn $500,000 a year

    Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to earn $500,000 a year
    Bonuses based on recruiting rankings and a $350,000 base salary are among the highlights in Maryland's contract with new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Locksley's deal, which was obtained by The Baltimore Sun and other media outlets Monday via...
  • Maryland negotiates buyout with defensive coordinator Todd Bradford

    Maryland has completed a negotiated buyout of defensive coordinator Todd Bradford's contract -- clearing the way for the school to hire a replacement. The Sun reported Dec. 22 that Bradford -- whose defense  ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Former Loyola Blakefield star transfers to TU

    Former Loyola Blakefield star transfers to TU
    Leon Kinnard is coming home, reuniting with former Loyola Blakefield teammate Doug Shaw on the Towson University football team for the upcoming 2011 campaign. The 2008 All-State performer is transferring from the University of Connecticut, where...
  • What's the biggest question mark the Terps must answer in 2011?

    What's the biggest question mark the Terps must answer in 2011?
    The Maryland football team began practicing this week, and the debut of Randy Edsall's Terps is less than a month away. Besides their new coach, whom Maryland lured away from Connecticut, the Terps have a pair of new coordinators, new uniforms, new...
  • 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...