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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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  • O'Brien shines in Terps' spring football game

    O'Brien shines in Terps' spring football game
    — Fans who attended Maryland's spring football game Saturday at Byrd Stadium saw a new head coach and coordinators, new looks on offense and defense, and nine players in different positions than a year ago. There was even a wide receiver —...
  • Get your red pens out: grading the Randy Edsall hire

    Get your red pens out: grading the Randy Edsall hire
    Many angry Maryland fans handed out a big red "F" when the Terps hired Randy Edsall to be their football coach last month -- mainly because they wanted Mike Leach and his high-flying offense. But Yahoo's Matt Hinton liked the move, giving them a "B" for...
  • Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch for Maryland's top prospects

    Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch for Maryland's top prospects
    In the last few years of the Ralph Friedgen era, Maryland struggled to lure the top local talent to College Park. That's something new coach Randy Edsall, who transitioned Connecticut from Div. I-FCS to a BCS bowl, will try to change as he places his...
  • After his sexist comment, James Franklin proves he's not just another used-car salesman

    After his sexist comment, James Franklin proves he's not just another used-car salesman
    The comments former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin made about the criteria he uses in choosing his assistant coaches at Vanderbilt came as a surprise to me. I always thought Franklin, like a lot of college coaches, was a used car salesman,...
  • The Last Word with Tony Logan

    The Last Word with Tony Logan
    Tony Logan was one of the few constants for an up-and-down Maryland football program over the past three years. The Piscataway, N.J., native was a dynamic special-teams presence, making the Terps a threat to score on every punt return. A first-team All-...
  • Plank encourages Maryland fans to embrace Edsall

    Plank encourages Maryland fans to embrace Edsall
    Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank says it's time for Maryland supporters to "wrap our arms around" football coach Randy Edsall, who endured a 2-10 season and plenty of fan criticism in his first year in College Park, and to "stop rooting against him."...
  • The Last Word with Maurice Hampton

    The Last Word with Maurice Hampton
    Defensive tackle Maurice Hampton was always one of the most interesting Maryland football players to interview. Chatty with the media, Hampton played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his career and offered reporters a broad perspective...
  • Local focus in football recruiting pays off for Randy Edsall's Terps

    Local focus in football recruiting pays off for Randy Edsall's Terps
    One of the worst seasons in Maryland football history made no difference to Mike Williams. The Terps’ 2-10 campaign last fall didn’t bother DeAndre Lane, either. All that mattered to Williams, a lineman from Archbishop Spalding, and Lane, a...
  • Maryland football uses media quotes as motivation

    Maryland football uses media quotes as motivation
    When sports teams aren’t going well, their coaches sometimes ignore the media. Or at least claim to. Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said he never read the newspapers. Then he would complain to me that the Terps weren’t...
  • Terps' new offensive coordinator ready for fresh start

    Terps' new offensive coordinator ready for fresh start
    – For new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, returning to Maryland – where he previously served as an assistant to two Terps' head coaches – feels like renewal. After a trying stint on and off the field as New Mexico's head coach ,...
  • Eileen Edsall, wife of Maryland football coach, stands by her man

    Eileen Edsall, wife of Maryland football coach, stands by her man
    Sometimes on football Saturdays, Randy Edsall's wife will slip into the Gossett Team House auditorium, barely noticed by the media assembled to hear the Maryland coach's post-game remarks. Thirteen years after her husband first became a head coach,...
  • Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps

    Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps
    Mark Turgeon’s first season at Maryland likely ended with an 85-69 loss to top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament Friday in Atlanta.  Despite the Terps losing four of their last five games and with seemingly little...