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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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  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • The Last Word with Nick Ferrara

    The Last Word with Nick Ferrara
    Former Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara had one of those striking freshman seasons that commands attention and raises expectations. The New Yorker scored 80 points in his first season, converting 18 of 25 field goal attempts -- including 7 of 10 from 40...
  • Former Terp Danny O'Brien says he won't return to Wisconsin

    Former Terp Danny O'Brien says he won't return to Wisconsin
    After playing for two teams and four head coaches in four seasons, quarterback Danny O'Brien is again college football's version of a free agent, hoping to find a school where he can fulfill the promise he showed in a redshirt freshman season at...
  • Aboard 'Coaches Caravan' cruise, Randy Edsall says his Terps are on course

    Aboard 'Coaches Caravan' cruise, Randy Edsall says his Terps are on course
    There was a questionable forecast for Thursday night, making an evening boat cruise out of Annapolis an uncertainty for Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and a couple of his counterparts who came from College Park to schmooze with fans over dinner...
  • Military Bowl moving to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

    Military Bowl moving to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
    The Naval Academy will host its first-ever bowl game this year, as organizers announced Monday the move of the 2013 Military Bowl from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis in December. “This move...