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Reports: Former Maryland DL coach Chad Wilt to join Army

Former Maryland defensive line coach Chad Wilt, who was not retained by coach DJ Durkin, has accepted the same position at Army, according to and

Wilt spent two seasons with the Terps and helped develop a defensive line that was one of the team's strengths in 2015. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who referred to Wilt as a father figure in August, set the program's single-season sack record with 13 1/2, and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson had 12 1/2 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks. Both Ngakoue and Jefferson declared early for the NFL draft, forgoing their final seasons of eligibility.


Wilt was viewed as an energetic personality and a good recruiter on former coach Randy Edsall's staff. He was the primary recruiter for three-star defensive end Joey Fisher of Clear Spring, who decommitted last week and cited "staff changes" as a reason for his decision.

In December, Maryland hired former Virginia coach Mike London as its defensive line coach and associate head coach.


Wilt has previous coaching experience at Ball State, Richmond, Virginia and Liberty.

In other previous staff news, former director of strength and conditioning Drew Wilson took the same position with Colorado. Wilson was in the position for five years and had previously worked for Edsall at Connecticut. Wilson is widely credited with helping both the offensive and defensive lines bulk up for Maryland's second season in the Big Ten Conference.

Durkin hired Mississippi State's Rick Court to lead Maryland's strength and conditioning program.