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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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  • Seeing Mike Leach's latest controversy, maybe he wasn't right choice for Terps

    Seeing Mike Leach's latest controversy, maybe he wasn't right choice for Terps
    Washington State is barely on anyone’s radar when it comes to college football, so fans on the East Coast might not be following what has transpired in Mike Leach’s first season in Pullman. It has a striking resemblance to Randy Edsall’s...
  • Coachspeak: Mount Hebron football's Phil Zacharias

    Coachspeak: Mount Hebron football's Phil Zacharias
    Phil Zacharias has more than 25 years of college football and NFL coaching experience and, in his first season as a high school head coach, he has guided Mount Hebron to a 5-0 start and the No. 10 ranking in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 poll. Last...
  • Kicker Nick Ferrara's Maryland career is over

    Kicker Nick Ferrara's Maryland career is over
    Nick Ferrara had such a promising start to his Maryland career. He won the job in his first season and kicked well enough to be named to The Sporting News freshman All-ACC team. He was 18 of 25 on field-goal attempts as a freshman. And here was a key...
  • At midway point of season, Maryland close to reaching one of its goals

    At midway point of season, Maryland close to reaching one of its goals
    It's hard to miss the illustration of an oversized pyramid posted on a wall inside the Gossett Football Team House. In and around the black and red pyramid — which Maryland players see as they walk between the locker room and meeting rooms —...
  • Friedgen, Terps have trio to cheer for in Super Bowl

    Friedgen, Terps have trio to cheer for in Super Bowl
    Each Sunday, Ralph Friedgen flips through the NFL games on television, looking for kids he coached at the University of Maryland. Watching them play now brings him back, maybe to a practice where he pulled one of them aside for one-on-one teaching or to...
  • Kevin Anderson deserves some credit for getting Dez Wells eligible

    Kevin Anderson deserves some credit for getting Dez Wells eligible
    Kevin Anderson has taken his share of criticism since coming from Army to Maryland 27 months ago. The athletic director got off to a rocky start with Maryland fans – and many in the local media – for the clumsy way he handled the firing of...
  • Does West Virginia feel like Terps' rivalry game?

    Does West Virginia feel like Terps' rivalry game?
    It’s West Virginia week. Does it feel like a rivalry game, Terps fans? My story for tomorrow’s paper talks about the West Virginia-Maryland series. I asked Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen about the rivalry, and he said it still matters....
  • Terps notes: Randy Edsall offers condolences to Torrey Smith's family

    Terps notes: Randy Edsall offers condolences to Torrey Smith's family
    Maryland football coach Randy Edsall offered condolences today to former Terp and current Raven Torrey Smith, whose younger brother, Tevin, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Edsall said Maryland’s football program was thinking about Smith and...
  • Terps Trio: Randy Edsall's job security, football predictions and recruiting during a rough season

    Terps Trio: Randy Edsall's job security, football predictions and recruiting during a rough season
    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. Is Randy Edsall on the hot seat? Jeff Barker: I’m going to preface my response by saying that...
  • Coachspeak: Atholton football's Kyle Schmitt

    Coachspeak: Atholton football's Kyle Schmitt
    In each of his three years as the Atholton football coach, Kyle Schmitt has led the Raiders to the playoffs. After graduating 19 players from last season’s 10-2 team, the Raiders don’t have the same level of experience, but they’ve...
  • Preakness notes: I'll Have Another gives Pimlico bettors plenty of reasons to celebrate

    Preakness notes: I'll Have Another gives Pimlico bettors plenty of reasons to celebrate
    They might not have rivaled the revelry in the winner's circle after Saturday's Preakness, but the lines in front of the tellers' windows at Pimlico Race Course were abuzz with fans shouting in excitement about their winning tickets. Rick Digrigoli, of...
  • After coming out, former Maryland player feels he has a second chance

    After coming out, former Maryland player feels he has a second chance
    For years, Akil Patterson wouldn't tell the world who he really was: a gay man playing Division I college football. His secret weighed on him, frightened him, confused him, taking on a life all its own. In lonely periods, the former University of...