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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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  • 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...
  • Terps one win away from becoming bowl-eligible

    Terps one win away from becoming bowl-eligible
    COLLEGE PARK — One more win would make Maryland bowl-eligible for the first time since 2010, but it would also accomplish a whole lot more. One more win and the team can breathe a collective sigh of relief because it knows it won't be succumbing...
  • Shawne Merriman talks Terps, WWE and whether the 'Lights Out' dance is retired

    Shawne Merriman talks Terps, WWE and whether the 'Lights Out' dance is retired
    Tracking the Terps caught up with former Maryland linebacker/defensive end Shawne Merriman, who will hold his annual Lights On Foundation coat drive at Byrd Stadium prior to Saturday’s game against Boston College. Merriman will also be Maryland&...
  • Reports: Terps football assistant Greg Gattuso hired as Albany's head coach

    Reports: Terps football assistant Greg Gattuso hired as Albany's head coach
    Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso will be hired as the next head coach at Albany, according to multiple media reports. Gattuso, 51, was the head coach at Duquesne for 12 years before going to Pittsburgh as an assistant for six seasons and...
  • Terps will play Marshall in Military Bowl in Annapolis

    Terps will play Marshall in Military Bowl in Annapolis
    Maryland will play Marshall (9-4) in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, the bowl's president announced on Sunday. It marks the first time the Terps will play in a bowl game since they appeared in the same game at a...
  • Terps Trio: Stefon Diggs' award chances, Wes Brown's legal woes, Trimble & Nickens in Philly

    Terps Trio: Stefon Diggs' award chances, Wes Brown's legal woes, Trimble & Nickens in Philly
    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 sports. Does Stefon Diggs have a legitimate chance to win either the Maxwell Award or the Paul Hornung Award?...
  • Terps Trio: Football tickets vs. W.Va., 2017 hoops recruit, Stefon Diggs

    Terps Trio: Football tickets vs. W.Va., 2017 hoops recruit, Stefon Diggs
    Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland is curently trying to encourage football fans with a couple of early season packages, one of which includes an...
  • Q&A with reporter Andy Bitter about Terps-Virginia Tech

    Q&A with reporter Andy Bitter about Terps-Virginia Tech
    With Maryland set to play at Virginia Tech on Saturday, I responded to some questions from Andy Bitter, a sports reporter who covers the Hokies for the Virginian-Pilot and Roanoke Times. In response, I asked Bitter some questions on Virginia Tech....
  • Terps' Matt Robinson is healthy and working to learn outside linebacker position

    Terps' Matt Robinson is healthy and working to learn outside linebacker position
    Matt Robinson should be at the point in his Maryland career where everything is done on muscle memory. The former Atholton standout should also be at the point where his starting position is solidified. Had Robinson stayed healthy, and remained at...
  • Terps eye a return to bowl eligibility as they kick off practice for 2013 season

    Terps eye a return to bowl eligibility as they kick off practice for 2013 season
    COLLEGE PARK — Maryland won just two football games in 2011, followed by four victories in 2012. As 2013 training camp begins, there is an internal clock ticking inside many Terps players and coaches saying it's time to collect at least two more...
  • Morgan State to announce Maryland assistant Lee Hull as head football coach

    Morgan State to announce Maryland assistant Lee Hull as head football coach
    Lee Hull, the wide receivers coach and a valuable recruiter for Maryland the past six seasons, will be introduced Thursday as the new head coach of Morgan State, according to the school. In hiring Hull, Morgan State is trying to transition to a new...
  • Randy Edsall 'just happy for the players' after Terps become bowl-eligible

    Randy Edsall 'just happy for the players' after Terps become bowl-eligible
    Maryland football coach Randy Edsall always talks about the process, how building a program is more than just wins and losses. At times, Edsall's mantra has been overshadowed by long losing streaks for his team and bouts of frustration among the fan base....