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Maryland has introduced Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its subsequent head trainer.
Locksley, a Washington local who attended within reach Towson, had in the past served two other stints as an assistant at Maryland, together with as meantime trainer in 2015 following the firing of Randy Edsall.
He has spent the previous 3 seasons serving on Nick Saban’s personnel, choosing up the Broyles Award this season because the country’s most sensible assistant trainer for his paintings with Tua Tagovailoa and the Red Tide offense.
“I’m delighted to be returning house and to have the ability to steer the Maryland Soccer program,” Locksley mentioned in a observation launched through the varsity. “This has at all times been a distinct position for me and my circle of relatives, and I’m venerated to take in this position on the state’s flagship establishment. Our purpose is to create an environment and setting targeted at the general building of our student-athletes. Our center of attention will at all times be to assist them turn out to be extra a success in all spaces in their existence thru their affiliation with our program.”
Locksley is observed as an excellent recruiter, specifically within the “DMV” the place Maryland says he is grabbed 14 four- or five-star recruits (in line with Opponents ratings). Within the unlock, the varsity credited Locksley with bringing Stefon Diggs, Vernon Davis, Shawne Merriman, EJ Henderson and Yannick Ngakoue, amongst different long term NFL gamers, to Faculty Park.
On the other hand, his handiest prior head training process was once a disastrous 2-26 run at New Mexico over portions of 3 seasons from 2009-2011. On most sensible of the file, there was once an incident the place he was once suspended for punching an assistant.
Nonetheless, Locksley’s recruiting monitor file, ties to this system and house must assist the Terrapins transfer on from the DJ Durkin technology. After to begin with being reinstated, Durkin was once fired in October following a suspension that got here as the results of a record of a poisonous tradition within the Maryland program. Along with the investigation into Maryland’s tradition, the varsity authorised “felony and ethical duty” for the dying of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died in June a couple of weeks after struggling headaches all the way through a group exercise.
“I’ve been significantly inspired at how the group got here in combination thru a troublesome season and venerated their fallen teammate, Jordan,” Locksley mentioned. “We’re all on this in combination, and I stay up for rejoining the Maryland circle of relatives. Thanks to (athletic director) Damon Evans, President (Wallace) Loh and all of the Terrapin neighborhood for this chance.”
Locksley’s introductory press convention will likely be hung on Thursday. Stadium reported that he nonetheless is anticipated to assist the Tide as they able for the Faculty Soccer Playoff.
Contributing: Dan Wolken