Newly appointed University of Maryland head football coach Mark Duffner named five more assistants yesterday, including University of Washington secondary coach Larry Slade as his defensive coordinator, the highest position held by a black on the Terps staff in the 100-year history of the program, according to Maryland officials.
Slade, 40, will become the second black named to Duffner's staff. The other is Peter McCarty, who was named Maryland's outside-linebacker coach last week. It also will be the first time in the school's history that two blacks are on the coaching staff.
Maryland's Andy Geiger has been adamant about hiring more minorities in the university's athletic department since he became athletic director last October.
It was one of the main topics of discussion when Geiger evaluated former coach Joe Krivak at the end of the season. Krivak had only one black on his staff during each of the past five seasons.
Geiger emphasized hiring more blacks on the staff to Duffner, who became coach Dec. 31 after Krivak resigned Dec. 7.
"I'm pleased with Coach Duffner's selections of coaches and pleased that at least two are African-Americans," said Geiger.
Duffner said: "I've known Larry for quite a while and he is a great motivator and recruiter. I had discussions with Andy about hiring more blacks, but this was not about black or white. It was about hiring the best person possible for the job."
Duffner has seven coaches and two administrators on the staff and said yesterday that he might hire three more coaches (two offensive, one defensive) before the end of the week to complete his staff.
Slade has been the secondary coach at Washington the past six seasons, producing four NFL players. Duffner said the Huskies, co-national champions this past season, play with an attacking style, similar to the defense he used at Holy Cross.
Slade is a former standout offensive lineman and 1973 graduate of Shepherd College, where he also coached the offensive (1973-78) and defensive lines (1978-80). He was also the school's defensive coordinator (1980-82).
He later coached tight ends at Richmond (1982-83) and was the secondary and recruiting coordinator at Howard (1983-84) before going to Southern Illinois as the secondary coach in 1984.
Washington coach Don James said: "He has done a great job as our secondary coach and is a top-notch recruiter. He has been a strong factor in our success, and we hate to lose him."
Duffner, who added four coaches from Holy Cross last week, added another yesterday in Rob Spence, who will serve as an offensive assistant. Spence, 33, was the quarterback coach at Holy Cross last season. He previously was the offensive coordinator at Hofstra and Iona College.
Clyde Christensen, 36, will serve as Maryland's quarterback coach. Last year he was the running back coach at South Carolina, but like several other coaches, has spent some time at Holy Cross. Christensen was Duffner's offensive coordinator in 1990.
Kyle Lingerfelt, 33, from East Carolina, was named Maryland's recruiting coordinator yesterday, and Bruce Warwick, from Syracuse, was chosen as Maryland's administrative assistant.
McCarty, offensive coordinator Dan Dorazio, defensive line coach Cliff Schwenke and strength coach Dave Ungerer were named to the staff last week.
There also is speculation that Duffner will not rehire any of the assistants from Krivak's staff, even though Duffner still has more openings.