Washington, D.C. native is back as football head coach for the Terps

December 04, 2018 - 10:00 pm

 On Tuesday night, the University of Maryland named their new head football coach, Michael Locksley to the program.

   Athletic Director, Damon Evans, said in a statement release, “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.”

Locksley is well known for recruiting and was listed as a top-25 recruiter in the nation.  He was also known as a finalist for 2007 recruiter of the year by Rivals.com  According to 247sports, Locksley has also signed 21 four/five star recruits over his coaching career, 14 of which came from the DMV area.  

Locksley has been a part of the Terp’s football program before.  He served as the running backs coach from 1997 to 2002, offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2015, and then was appointed to interim head coach when Randy Edsall was fired in 2015.

Locksley has been a part of Alabama’s football program since leaving Maryland in 2015.  He served as the offensive analyst in 2016, co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach in 2017, and then the offensive coordinator in 2018.  Since, Locksley has been with Alabama, they have had a record of 40-2 and also have recorded the second highest scoring offense in the country at 47.9 points per game. 

“I am thrilled to be returning home and to have the opportunity to lead the Maryland Football program,” said Locksley.  “This has always been a special place for me and my family, and I am honored to take on this role as the state’s flagship institution.  Our goal is to create an atmosphere and environment focused on the total development of our student-athletes.  Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through associate with our program.”

Locksley, a long with interim head coach Matt Canada were finalists for the position.  Canada led the football team with five wins this season, including almost clinching a win against Ohio State in over time.

The new head coach will be introduced on Thursday.