Maryland coach DJ Durkin continued his slow, "deliberate" construction of his coaching staff Thursday afternoon with the announcement of the hirings of wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, running backs coach Anthony Tucker and linebackers coach Matt Barnes.
The Terps have now filled eight of their nine assistant coaching slots since Durkin took over in early December.
Beatty, Tucker and Barnes all had connections to coaches previously hired to Durkin's staff.
"These are three really quality additions to the coaching staff," Durkin said in a statement. "All three are tremendous coaches who are really solid recruiters and truly care about and can relate to our players. I'm excited to have them on board."
Beatty spent last season as Virginia's running backs coach under new Maryland defensive line coach/associate head coach Mike London. Syracuse reportedly hired him as its outside wide receivers coach in December. While at Virginia, Beatty coached Cavaliers running back Taquan Mizzell, who earned third-team All-ACC honors.
Beatty has previously worked at Wisconsin, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Northern Illinois. He was involved in the recruitment of former Dunbar star Tavon Austin to West Virginia, and he also worked with NFL wide receivers Stedman Bailey (West Virginia) and Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin).
Before joining the college ranks, Beatty was a successful Virginia high school coach, and he won a state championship at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va., while coaching future college and NFL star Percy Harvin.
Tucker coached at Arkansas State for the past three years and spent the past two seasons as the Red Wolves' running backs coach under new Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell. This season, Arkansas State averaged 231.3 rushing yards per game, which ranked 15th nationally, and 4.9 yards per carry, which ranked 30th. With star quarterback Fredi Knighten battling injuries, three Red Wolves running backs rushed for at least 600 yards.
Tucker was a two-year starter at wide receiver at Fresno State and bounced around NFL practice squads in the early 2000s, while playing a season in NFL Europe for the Amsterdam Admirals. He began his coaching career at Lakewood High School in California and also had a stint at Idaho State.
Barnes brings local flavor to Durkin's coaching staff as an Ijamsville native and former player at Urbana High School. He played four seasons and served as a team captain at Salisbury before he graduated in 2008. He coached under Durkin for three seasons at Florida as a defensive and special teams graduate assistant before spending 2015 as a defensive analyst at Michigan, where Durkin was the defensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh.
Maryland also announced that Bell, who was hired in December, will also coach quarterbacks and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo, who left his position as Ball State coach in late December, will coach tight ends.
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