University of Maryland announces new head football coach

Posted at 9:24 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 09:07:05-05

The University of Maryland on Tuesday named Michael Locksley the 37th head football coach in Terps history.

Locksley served as University of Alabama's offensive coordinator before making his way back home to accept the prestigious position as the leader of UMD's football program.

With over 20 years of coaching experience, Locksley was the winner of the 2018 Broyles Award, which is given to the country's top assistant coach and won a national championship last season with the University of Alabama.

Before his tenure at Alabama Locksley worked as UMD's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2015, and was named the Terps interim head coach for the final games of the 2015 season. 

“I am thrilled to be returning home and to have the opportunity to lead the Maryland Football program,” said Locksley. “This has always been a special place for me and my family, and I am honored to take on this role at the state’s flagship institution. Our goal is to create an atmosphere and environment focused on the total development of our student-athletes. Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through their association with our program.

Locksley's return comes after UMD's President fired former head coach D.J. Durkin due to an investigation on the death of football player Jordan McNair, who passed away two weeks after suffering a heat stroke during football practice. 

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