Maryland has been looking for a new head coach since D.J. Durkin was fired in the aftermath of the Jordan McNair tragedy. Now, it appears the Terps are done searching.
Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley had previously been reported to be the top candidate in College Park. Tonight, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported that Locksley will indeed be the new Maryland head coach.
Locksley beat out Maryland interim head coach Matt Canada and Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton for the job. He will be formally introduced on Thursday, according to McMurphy.
This hiring will cap off a big week for Locksley, as he received the Frank Broyles Award earlier today, which goes to the top assistant coach in college football.
Alabama OC Mike Locksley will be Maryland’s coach, sources told @WatchStadium. He will be introduced at school Thursday. "Maryland football has been through unique hardships & needs Mike Locksley as much as he may need to be home at Maryland,” source said https://t.co/CdWJ9M8fpo
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 5, 2018
Locksley, a Washington, D.C. native, is no stranger to Maryland. He was an assistant for the Terps from 1997-2002 and then again from 2012-15.
In his second stint, Locksley served as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also was the program’s interim head coach for six games in 2015, compiling a 1-5 record.
Locksley’s only term as a head coach came at New Mexico from 2009-11. He finished 3-31 in two-plus seasons before being fired after an 0-4 start in 2011.
Locksley has spent the last three seasons at Alabama, first as an offensive analyst in 2016 and then as the team’s co-OC and wide receivers coach last fall before moving to the OC role this season.