Alabama Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley Named New Maryland Coach

Locksley previously served two stints as an assistant at Maryland.
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Maryland has hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as the Terps new head coach.

Locksley was formerly an assistant at Maryland from 1997-2002 and again from 2011-2015, including a stint as interim head coach in 2015 after Randy Edsall was terminated. After four seasons back with the Terps, Locksley left to join the Alabama staff in 2016.

He was promoted to the Crimson Tide's Offensive Coordinator in 2018. Locksley has helped orchestrate Alabama's emergence as a top offensive program, crafting the nation's second best team in terms of points per game and yards per play around Heisman Trophy frontrunner Tua Tagovailoa.

The 48-year-old coach has served only one stint as a head coach for an FBS program during his two seasons at New Mexico starting in 2009. The team went just 2–26 before the University parted ways with Locksley.

Locksley was one of three finalists for the vacant Maryland head coaching position along with interim head coach Matt Canada and Michigan QB coach Pep Hamilton.

Canada was brought in as Maryland's offensive coordinator in January and went 5–7 as interim head coach this season. He took over after DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave in August as the school investigated allegations of a toxic culture within the football program.

Canada, 48, stayed on as interim head coach after Durkin was fired on Oct. 31.