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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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  • 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...
  • Terps appreciate 'goofy personality' of D-line coach Greg Gattuso

    Terps appreciate 'goofy personality' of D-line coach Greg Gattuso
    Sometimes, Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso will lapse back to when he was a howling bear of a head coach stalking the sidelines as if looking for prey. Gattuso coached Duquesne for 12 seasons, and — while he understands his role is more...
  • Third year will be crucial for Randy Edsall at Maryland

    Third year will be crucial for Randy Edsall at Maryland
    Inside Randy Edsall's large, contemporary home hangs a framed newspaper bearing a photo of the coach with his arms raised and his jubilant Connecticut players dancing around him on the sideline. The accompanying story chronicles one of Edsall's big,...
  • Terps Trio: C.J. Brown, Randy Edsall's return to UConn, football recruits

    Terps Trio: C.J. Brown, Randy Edsall's return to UConn, football recruits
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How much improved is Maryland’s offense with C.J. Brown running it? Don Markus:...
  • Terps cornerback Dexter McDougle to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

    Terps cornerback Dexter McDougle to miss rest of season with shoulder injury
    Maryland starting cornerback Dexter McDougle will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury he suffered against Connecticut on Saturday night while playing perhaps the finest game of his career, coach Randy Edsall said Sunday. McDougle -- a...
  • Should the Terps football team be nationally ranked?

    Should the Terps football team be nationally ranked?
    It was the end of the 2010 season, and Maryland was trying to make a point. The Terps were coming off a 2-10 record in 2009. Then-Terps coach Ralph Friedgen felt his team had something to prove. So it meant something when Maryland beat a ranked...
  • Remembering the last time Maryland football was ranked in the AP Top 25

    Remembering the last time Maryland football was ranked in the AP Top 25
    After Maryland was included Sunday in the newly released AP Top 25 -- just making it in, at No. 25 -- it was more than fair to ask: when was the last time the Terps were actually ranked in the poll during the season? The team was voted No. 23 in the...
  • Terps aim to prove they've narrowed the gap between them and national powers

    Terps aim to prove they've narrowed the gap between them and national powers
    COLLEGE PARK — Two years ago, Maryland traveled to Florida State and endured a 25-point defeat, punctuated by the sight of starting quarterback C.J. Brown leaving the game dazed after a head-high tackle. As the sun began to set over Doak...
  • Terps and Towson changing impressions about football in Maryland

    Terps and Towson changing impressions about football in Maryland
    College football has long been an afterthought in Maryland. At best, it's been a pleasant Saturday interlude between the buildup during the week and the battles that usually take place the next day for the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. At...
  • 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...