University of Maryland names Michael Locksley as head football coach
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (ABC7) —
The University of Maryland has named a new head football coach a little over a month after the firing of former head coach D.J. Durkin.
On Tuesday, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced that Michael Locksley, who won the 2018 Broyles Award as nation's top assistant coach, is now UMD's 37th head football coach.
Locksley, a Washington, D.C. native, has over 20 years of coaching experience overall, including 10 years with the Terrapins.
For the past three years, Locksley has worked under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.
Evans released the following statement in regard to hiring Locksley:
"As we narrowed the search for the individual best suited to lead our program, Michael not only stood out for his talent as a coach, but most importantly for the role he has played as a mentor to student-athletes throughout his career and his deep commitment to helping them grow into leaders on and off the field. On the field, Michael orchestrated one of the country's most prolific offenses at the University of Alabama and has long been regarded for his recruiting prowess. Today he was recognized as the nation's top assistant coach in the country, and I'm excited for him to be leading our program."
Maryland Athletics will hold a press conference on Thursday at 11 a.m. to introduce Locksley as its head football coach, a UMD spokesperson told ABC7 News Tuesday night.