Terps hire UMass' Brown as defensive coordinator

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January 10, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland yesterday hired University of Massachusetts head coach Don Brown as its defensive coordinator, saying Brown will help the Terrapins with his "attacking-style" defense and recruiting skills.

Brown, 53, was 43-19 in five seasons at Massachusetts, the school's best five-year mark, and led the Minutemen to the 2006 national title game in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Brown's teams play a 4-3 defense. It's "an attacking-style defense," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "He pressures a lot but plays a lot of cover-2."

Brown replaces Chris Cosh, who left after the regular season to become an assistant at Kansas State. Maryland had contacted about a dozen people - including Navy assistant Buddy Green - to discuss the position. Green said he wanted to stay in Annapolis.

Among those interviewed was Al Seamonson, who coaches Maryland's outside linebackers and is a special teams assistant. Seamonson was the interim defensive coordinator while the search for Cosh's successor was conducted.

Friedgen said yesterday that he hopes Seamonson will remain.

Maryland's defense this past season shut out North Carolina in the second half, shut out Wake Forest in both halves and held North Carolina State to seven points after halftime. But the Terps were last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in recovered fumbles, second to last in interceptions and tied for last in tackles for loss.

Friedgen said of Cosh: "I think Chris wanted to attack. That's an area we need to get better at."

Friedgen said Brown will oversee the defense and coach cornerbacks. He said Brown, who has also been head coach at Northeastern and Plymouth State, "will be a very good recruiter for us."

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