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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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  • Edsall begins his Maryland coaching era with a victory

    Edsall begins his Maryland coaching era with a victory
    Randy Edsall had been in this position before, coaching his first game with a new team. But Monday night's 2011 season opener at Maryland seemed different than it had been for him 12 years ago at Connecticut, or even when he joined Tom Coughlin to help...
  • Terps football program receives NCAA violations related to practice

    Terps football program receives NCAA violations related to practice
    Maryland's football program has been docked practice time during the 2011 season for NCAA secondary violations that occurred under former coach Ralph Friedgen, according to documents and school officials. The Terps violated NCAA rules by exceeding...
  • Terps football team: Promising signs off the field

    Terps football team: Promising signs off the field
    Penalties hurt a football team, and the University of Maryland squad will start the season burdened with two infractions picked up recently from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. One, announced this month, was for violating practice rules....
  • Maryland, West Virginia show coach-in-waiting agreements can go awry

    Maryland, West Virginia show coach-in-waiting agreements can go awry
    A year ago, James Franklin was heir to the throne. Maryland's animated offensive coordinator had a contract entitling him to $1 million if not elevated by the university to head coach by Jan. 2, 2012. But the landscape shifted beneath Franklin's feet....
  • West Virginia winning border war with Maryland for Baltimore recruits

    West Virginia winning border war with Maryland for Baltimore recruits
    One of the first mandates Daron Roberts received when he joined the football coaching staff at West Virginia last spring came from longtime defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel. Roberts, who had grown up in Texas and had spent the first four years of his...
  • Are the Terps rebuilding?

    Are the Terps rebuilding?
    So are the Terps rebuilding? Randy Edsall made this comment after the 38-7 loss to Temple: “This is a process we’re in. It’s a process. It wasn’t going to get changed overnight.” Let’s consider that remark for a...
  • Edsall says Terps are still adjusting to shift from Friedgen era

    Edsall says Terps are still adjusting to shift from Friedgen era
    Three games into his new job, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday that his team is not rebuilding but that he is trying to instill a new culture while addressing leftover "issues" from before he was hired. Asked whether the team —...
  • Coffee Companion (9/28): Sox beat O's; season finale tonight

    Coffee Companion (9/28): Sox beat O's; season finale tonight
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.  Running it back: The...
  • After a few detours, Towson's West finding his way

    After a few detours, Towson's West finding his way
    Rob Ambrose wasn't sure what to make of Terrance West when the freshman tailback first arrived at Towson last January, and he still wasn't sure what to do with West when the Tigers began their season earlier this month. Even during the season opener...
  • Under Edsall, Maryland experiencing youth movement

    Under Edsall, Maryland experiencing youth movement
    Three games into the season, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall is eagerly looking for playing time for the right guys — Edsall guys — and those players have increasingly turned out to be freshmen. Through his early-season use of first-year...
  • In-state faceoff: Maryland vs. Towson

    In-state faceoff: Maryland vs. Towson
    Even before the season began, Maryland coach Randy Edsall openly wondered whether his defense had enough depth. He candidly told Terps supporters over the summer that he didn't have enough linebackers. Later, Edsall — hired from Connecticut in...
  • WNST's Clark exposes a Friedgen who doesn't deserve to coach at Maryland

    WNST's Clark exposes a Friedgen who doesn't deserve to coach at Maryland
    I am late getting to this, but I can't let the weekend pass without some praise for Glenn Clark and the interview he did on his WNST radio show with Ralph Friedgen, the former University of Maryland football coach. The interview has been excerpted,...