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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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  • Terps allow six unanswered TDs in 56-41 loss to N.C. State

    Terps allow six unanswered TDs in 56-41 loss to N.C. State
    As Maryland's lead ballooned to 14, 20 and then 27 points, it became library-quiet inside Carter-Finley Stadium. It was as if the red-clad N.C. State fans were all thinking it at once: Is Maryland, losers of seven games in a row, really going to deny the...
  • Mackall given release by Maryland football team

    Mackall given release by Maryland football team
    Sophomore defensive end David Mackall, who had been suspended indefinitely Nov. 2 by Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, said Sunday that he has been granted a release from the school. Mackall, who started the first seven games this season after being a...
  • Will Danny O'Brien stay at Maryland?

    Will Danny O'Brien stay at Maryland?
    A key figure for Maryland's next football season could be quarterback Danny O'Brien. Will he stay at the school?Here is what I know: *The quarterback has not made any pronouncements about leaving or staying. I know that  Randy Edsall has spoken with O'...
  • Gilman's Kenneth Goins talks Terps commitment

    Gilman's Kenneth Goins talks Terps commitment
    For most of Kenneth Goins’ senior season, it appeared that his college choice would come down to Syracuse or Tulane. The Gilman running back and defensive end seemed fine with those options, but also held out hope that his hometown school would come...
  • Running back D.J. Adams granted release from Maryland

    Running back D.J. Adams granted release from Maryland
    The list of Maryland players who went from being burgeoning stars to malcontents to former Terps grew again Wednesday, when sophomore tailback D.J. Adams announced that he had been granted his release from the school. Adams, who as a redshirt freshman...
  • Who will win more games in 2012: Edsall or Leach?

    Who will win more games in 2012: Edsall or Leach?
    In his first season at Maryland, Randy Edsall took a wrecking ball to everything Ralph Friedgen had built at his alma mater. Edsall overhauled the offense from pro-style to a spread. He ripped the names off his players’ jerseys and the doo-rags...
  • Defensive lineman Cody Blue says he's leaving Maryland

    Defensive lineman Cody Blue says he's leaving Maryland
    Third-year defensive lineman Cody Blue (Wilde Lake) said Tuesday night that he's leaving the Maryland football program, becoming the seventh player with eligibility remaining to announce his departure since the season ended. Blue played in four games...
  • Receiver Adrian Coxson is the latest Terp to leave program

    Receiver Adrian Coxson is the latest Terp to leave program
    Adrian Coxson's already well-traveled college football career has apparently taken another detour. The City alum announced Wednesday on Twitter that he is leaving Maryland after one season. "Sorry #TerpNation. Much love tho...," Coxson tweeted. The 6-...
  • Maryland expected to hire Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator

    Maryland expected to hire Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator
    Maryland is expected to hire former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as its offensive coordinator, according to a knowledgeable source. Locksley would replace Gary Crowton. The school is negotiating the terms of Crowton's release after one season....
  • Locksley set to replace Crowton as Maryland's offensive coordinator

    Locksley set to replace Crowton as Maryland's offensive coordinator
    Gary Crowton is out after one disappointing season as Maryland's offensive coordinator, and the school is expected to hire former New Mexico coach Mike Locksley as his replacement, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Locksley,...
  • Former assistant coach under Locksley says new Maryland offensive coordinator is a 'great fit'

    Former assistant coach under Locksley says new Maryland offensive coordinator is a 'great fit'
    Maryland is still mum on the apparent hiring of Mike Locksley as Randy Edsall's new offensive coordinator. The names I heard Wednesday when word got out that Gary Crowton was the first coaching casualty of Maryland's 2-10 debacle were Locksley as well as...
  • Anderson deserves the brunt of the blame for Terps football woes

    Anderson deserves the brunt of the blame for Terps football woes
    A year ago today, Kevin Anderson announced that he was firing Ralph Friedgen after the longtime Maryland football coach refused to retire. A year ago today, the mess that is now the Maryland football program began to take hold in College Park. While...