College Sports

How Maryland's new coaching staff fared against the Terps in the past

Maryland coach DJ Durkin finalized his coaching staff last week with the hiring of offensive line coach Dave Borbely. In the process of hiring nine assistants, Durkin combined elements of experience and youth, along with recruiting prowess and coaching talent. It's an impressive staff on paper.

And some of those coaches have already had success against Maryland on the sideline. Durkin helped engineer Michigan's shutout of Maryland in October. When he was at Virginia, Mike London faced the Terps almost every year. Scott Shafer's been on the opposing sideline at Maryland Stadium.


Here's a look at how the members of Maryland's coaching staff fared as coaches or players in games against Maryland:

Coach DJ Durkin


Record in games against Maryland: 1-0

Durkin coached against Maryland once in his career, and it came this past season. With Durkin as its defensive coordinator, Michigan visited College Park on Oct. 3 and shut out the Terps with a dominant 28-0 showing.

Offensive coordinator Walt Bell

Record: 1-1

Bell was a young assistant at North Carolina when the Tar Heels came back from a 35-21 third-quarter deficit for a 45-38 win over Maryland in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the final game of the injury-plagued 2012 season. In his senior season at Middle Tennessee State in 2006, Bell appeared in the Terps' 24-10 win over the Blue Raiders in College Park, but he didn't record any stats.

Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer

Record: 2-2

Shafer's track record against Maryland sprinkles in some defensive successes. Shafer was the Northern Illinois defensive coordinator in 2003 when the Huskies upset the No. 15 Terps  in overtime. That Maryland team would go on to win 10 games — the last season in a successful three-year stretch to start Ralph Friedgen's tenure — and the Gator Bowl on its way to a No. 17 finish. Shafer also coached Syracuse when the Orange shut down the Terps in a dominant 20-3 victory in November 2013.


Of course, Maryland got its shots in, too. The Terps beat Syracuse, 34-20, in 2014, and in 1996, Shafer's first season as the Northern Illinois defensive backs coach, Maryland recorded a 30-6 victory.

Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Pete Lembo

Record: 0-0

Lembo, who spent the past 15 years as the coach at Ball State, Elon and Lehigh, never faced Maryland in his career as a coach or player.

Associate head coach/defensive line coach Mike London

Record: 4-6


London faced Maryland 10 times during three different stints at Virginia as defensive line coach (2001-04, 2006-07) and head coach (2010-15) with varying levels of success. When London was a position coach, the Cavaliers went 3-3 against the Terps, but with London at the helm, Virginia won only once in four tries against its ACC rival. That victory was a 31-13 blowout of the Terps in College Park during the disastrous 2011 campaign. Maryland's final victory over London was a 27-26 win in 2013 when Virginia missed a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds.

Offensive line coach Dave Borbely

Record: 3-3

Borbely is one of Durkin's most experienced hires and worked at Virginia for four seasons in the late 2000s, so it makes sense that he has crossed paths with Maryland before. In his four seasons at Virginia from 2006 to 2009, the Cavaliers were 3-1 against the Terps, including a 31-0 shutout in 2008.

But Borbely also has some seemingly random interactions with Maryland. Borbely was a graduate assistant at Tennessee when Maryland faced the Volunteers in the 1984 Sun Bowl. The Terps won 28-27 after erasing a 21-0 deficit and "grimly" holding onto the lead, as Tennessee's official website puts it, after Rick Badjanek scored the game-winning touchdown with 2 minutes 28 seconds left.

Ten years later, Borbely was again on the sidelines opposite Maryland. This time, Borbely was the offensive line coach at Tulane when the Green Wave came to College Park for a homecoming matchup on Oct. 29, 1994. The Terps won easily, 38-10, with quarterback Scott Milanovich throwing for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns to lead an offense that put up 491 yards.


Running backs coach Anthony Tucker

Record: 0-0

Arkansas State, Idaho State, Colorado and Fresno State — where Tucker has coached and played — have never faced Maryland.

Wide receivers coach Chris Beatty

Record: 2-0

Beatty has been on the other side for some big Maryland losses. Beatty was the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin in 2014 when the Badgers throttled the Terps, 52-7, in Madison, Wis. His unit had a good game as well, with Alex Erickson leading all receivers with five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.


In 2010, Beatty was at rival West Virginia coaching Baltimore prep standout Tavon Austin as running backs and slot receivers coach when the Mountaineers held off the Terps for a 31-17 win. Austin had seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Noel Devine rushed 27 times for 131 yards.

Linebackers coach Matt Barnes

Record: 1-0

Barnes, a Maryland native and Salisbury graduate, was a defensive analyst under Durkin at Michigan this fall, so he was part of the staff that engineered the Wolverines' dominant 28-0 victory.

Defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim

Record: 0-0


Abdul-Rahim has Maryland connections, but that's all from his time as a local high school coach at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington. He spent his first two years coaching in the college ranks at Alabama.

Total record of new Maryland coaches against the Terps: 14-12