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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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  • Coffee Companion for July 25, 2012

    Coffee Companion for July 25, 2012
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.   ** The Ravens will officially open training camp Thursday with fewer uncertainties...
  • Your Turn: Should former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen move on?

    Your Turn: Should former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen move on?
    Ralph Friedgen has a gripe with Marylandmore than a year in the making. Maryland dismissed Friedgen in December 2010 after his 10th year as the Terps’ football coach. Some perceived that Friedgen was not treated well toward the end of his tenure by...
  • The Last Word with Cameron Chism

    The Last Word with Cameron Chism
    Maryland cornerback Cameron Chism started 32 straight games from 2009 until being benched near the end of last season. He is one of just three players in school history -- Curome Cox and Bob Haley are the others -- with two interception returns for...
  • Interview with Kevin Anderson has changed this writer's opinion

    Interview with Kevin Anderson has changed this writer's opinion
    As a reporter, you are taught to keep your opinions out of the stories you write. But the blogosphere has allowed certain freedoms that didn’t exist before. As someone who has covered and followed University of Maryland athletics since coming to...
  • 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...
  • Top-paid state employees in 2011

    Wages provided as they would appear on an IRS W-2 form. 1. Mark Turgeon $2,185,975.97 2. Randy Edsall $1,596,935.46 3. Ralph Friedgen $1,062,516.75 4. Stephen Bartlett $938,997.13 5. Brenda Frese $864,146.17 6. Edward Reece $775,524.59 7. Jay...
  • Torrey Smith growing in stature with each big catch

    Torrey Smith growing in stature with each big catch
    The knock on Ralph Friedgen's office door interrupted a major session of second guessing. As the University of Maryland's coach replayed the 21-14 loss to Oregon State in the 2007 Emerald Bowl in his mind, he contemplated the difference another fast...
  • Bond remains strong between Torrey Smith and Ralph Friedgen

    Bond remains strong between Torrey Smith and Ralph Friedgen
    After every game, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith returns to his phone and finds a text message from his former University of Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen. Some texts, like the one Friedgen sent last Saturday following the Ravens’ 38-35 victory...
  • Maryland public salaries favor University of Maryland coaches, medical admins

    Maryland public salaries favor University of Maryland coaches, medical admins
    While the latest update of the Baltimore Sun public salary database continues a long-running trend of university head coaches out-earning their academic counterparts, those who oversee academic medical programs aren't exactly suffering. Coaches Randy...
  • Maryland has mishandled ACC decision

    Maryland was a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and most recently, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville have joined. It's interesting that so many schools want to join the ACC, yet Maryland is leaving 60 years of affiliation...
  • 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...