Syracuse outside wide receivers coach Chris Beatty is the new wide receivers coach for Maryland coach D.J. Durkin. It’s another huge hire for Durkin, who’s assembled an impressive staff in College Park.
Beatty took his job with the Orange nearly a month ago, but decided to accept Durkin’s offer to be closer to his wife and six-year-old son per the sources. It’s another huge hire for Durkin, who’s assembled an impressive staff that includes former Syracuse coach Scott Shafer, ex-Virginia coach Mike London and former Ball State coach Pete Lembo to go with rising offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Walt Bell.
One of college football’s top recruiters, Beatty is highly respected in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., all essential recruiting areas for the Terrapins. He spent this past season as assistant head coach and running backs coach at Virginia for London.
Prior to that, he spent two years at Wisconsin, where he coached wide receivers and was recruiting coordinator his final season. He was co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois in 2012, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt in 2011 and running backs and slot receivers coach at West Virginia from 2008–10.
The 42-year-old Beatty coached running backs at Northern Illinois in 2007 and was Hampton’s offensive coordinator and running backs coach in 2006. He has a 78–18 record from his days as head coach at Landstown High in Virginia Beach, Va. (2003–05), Salem High in Virginia Beach, Va. (2001–02) and North Stafford High in Stafford, Va. (1998–2000).
He won a state championship in 2004 at Landstown High, where he coached Percy Harvin. He joins Durkin, who became Maryland’s coach last month after serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Michigan this season.
The 37-year-old Durkin is regarded as one of college football’s brightest young defensive minds. He also previously served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida from 2013–14, a stint that included him leading the Gators to a 28–20 win over East Carolina as interim coach in the Birmingham Bowl after last season.
Durkin replaces Randy Edsall, who was fired in October after a 2–4 start. Edsall had a 22–33 record, including a 10–23 mark in conference play, in his five seasons with the Terrapins.
Maryland finished with a 3–9 record this season, including a 1–7 mark in the Big Ten.