New Maryland football coach Mark Duffner began putting his coaching staff together yesterday, hiring four assistants who helped him compile college football's best winning percentage over the past six years at Holy Cross.
Duffner hired Dan Dorazio as the Terrapins' offensive coordinator, Peter McCarty and Cliff Schwenke were named defensive coaches and Dave Ungerer will be the team's strength coach.
McCarty and Schwenke will have their assignments defined when Duffner completes his eight-man staff.
At Holy Cross, Dorazio was the offensive coordinator, McCarty and Schwenke were defensive line coaches and Ungerer was the strength coach.
Dorazio, 39, who was an assistant football coach at Georgia Tech in 1982-83, was the offensive line coach at the University of Washington from 1984-88 before going to Holy Cross in 1989. In his three seasons at Holy Cross, the Crusaders' offense was nationally ranked and gained 9,950 yards (3,968 on the ground and 5,982 in the air) over the past two seasons.
McCarty, 35, coached the defensive ends at Holy Cross for six seasons, helping put the Crusaders in the top five nationally in total defense and scoring defense in his first year on the job. In 1987 and 1990, Holy Cross was first in the country in scoring defense.
Schwenke, 40, had two stints as the defensive line coach at Holy Cross, the first one from 1978-81 and the second the past six seasons under Duffner. During the past five years, the Crusaders finished first in four Patriot League team defensive categories 19 of 20 times. Those categories were total defense, rushing defense, passing defense and scoring defense.
Ungerer, 34, has been the strength coach at Holy Cross for the past four years. Before going to Holy Cross, he was the defensive line and strength coach at Davidson for two years.