One day after former Miami coach Randy Shannon declined an offer to be Maryland's defensive coordinator, Terps coach Randy Edsall completed his coaching staff.
Edsall on Wednesday promoted inside linebackers coach Todd Bradford to defensive coordinator, and hired Massachusetts defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski to take Bradford's spot. Bradford, who spent the past three seasons as Southern Mississippi's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, will also coach the Terps' defensive backs.
"He will lead an aggressive, attacking and fundamentally sound defense that will work to cause turnovers and create disruption for opposing offenses," Edsall said in a news release. "He brings great experience and knowledge to the position and has been successful throughout his career."
A source told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that Shannon told Maryland that he stood to lose about $1.5 million in buyout money from Miami if he took the Terps job. With the former Hurricanes coach out of the picture, Maryland turned to Bradford to fill the void that was created when Don Brown left to take the same position at Connecticut.
Bradford has also served as defensive coordinator at Lehigh (1994) and Louisiana Tech (1997-2000), where he served under Terps offensive coordinator Gary Crowton. When Crowton took the head coaching job at BYU, Bradford joined the Cougars' staff as the co-offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004.
At Southern Miss, Bradford coordinated a Golden Eagles rushing defense that was ranked 13th nationally in yards per game (113), 14th in third-down conversions (34 percent), 30th in turnovers gained (26), tied for 26th in tackles for loss (6.7 per game) and tied for 27th in interceptions (16).
Dudzinski, who served seven years as UMass' defensive coordinator -- including five seasons under Brown -- led the Minutemen to Top-20 Football Championship Subdivision finishes in total defense in 2005 (third), 2006 (20th) and 2007 (13th). UMass was first nationally in scoring defense in 2005 and fifth in 2006.
"Keith is a great fit to our staff," Edsall said. "I've had personal experience with him, and he's had a lot of productivity at every stop, including as a highly successful recruiter."
Dudzinski's coaching career has also included stops at Northeastern, New Haven and Brown.
The addition of Dudzinski and the elevation of Bradford completes Edsall's coaching staff.
"We've assembled a strong, solid staff in terms of on-the-field coaching and recruiting," Edsall said. "Now we're looking forward to getting into the nuts and bolts of coaching in order to get ready for spring practice, as well as continuing to recruit the best student-athletes."