New Maryland 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 since he became athletic director last October.
"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."