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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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  • Will the Terps play in a bowl game in 2013 -- and if so, which one?

    Will the Terps play in a bowl game in 2013 -- and if so, which one?
    Though bowl games and Maryland Terrapins have been mutually exclusive terms in the first two years under Randy Edsall, many believe that will change in 2013.  Given the fact that the Terps seemed to be headed toward becoming bowl-eligible last season...
  • Move to Big Ten a defining one for University of Maryland president Wallace Loh

    Move to Big Ten a defining one for University of Maryland president Wallace Loh
    In his first 2 1/2 years as president at the University of Maryland, Wallace Loh oversaw sweeping changes to the leadership of his athletic department and confronted the pain of cutting teams to patch gaping budget holes. But he had never steered...
  • Heyward-Bey doesn't remember hit that knocked him out of Week 4 game

    Heyward-Bey doesn't remember hit that knocked him out of Week 4 game
    As a wide receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to go to the middle of the field, catch passes, and brace for the impact that comes when a defensive back or linebacker crashes into him. But the sight of the Silver Spring native and McDonogh...
  • Former Terps receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey settling in with Raiders

    Former Terps receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey settling in with Raiders
    Darrius Heyward-Bey likes a challenge. Or perhaps more appropriately, he enjoys being challenged. From adolescence to McDonogh to Maryland, Heyward-Bey has encountered doubts and at each turn, he has overcome those obstacles. Now a starting wide...
  • Maryland football's senior class has been through plenty of ups and downs

    Maryland football's senior class has been through plenty of ups and downs
    This is not at all how Maryland hoped to send off its 17 seniors — mired in a four-game losing streak and trying to make a final stand in a season characterized by injuries and two particularly wrenching losses. After Maryland went 2-10 last...
  • 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 —...
  • Maryland self reports minor NCAA violations

    Maryland self reports minor NCAA violations
    Maryland has self-reported a series  of secondary violations to the NCAA. The violations involve a number of teams, including football, women’s basketball and men’s soccer, but are not  considered serious, according to an official with...
  • 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...
  • Laurel's Bill Vaughan finds a new career behind the lens

    Laurel's Bill Vaughan finds a new career behind the lens
    Bill Vaughan, of North Laurel, has gone from being part of the excitement to watching it through a camera lens. The son of a firefighter, Vaughan spent 28 years with the Montgomery County Fire Department and reached the level of master firefighter before...