Ralph Friedgen through the years

December 20, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

April 4, 1947

Born in Harrison, N.Y. His father,"Big Ralph" Friedgen, had played football with Vince Lombardi at Fordham and was a high school coach.

1966

Friedgen's quarterback play at Harrison High convinces a rival coach, John Nugent, to tell his brother, Maryland head coach Tom Nugent, to recruit Friedgen. Lee Corso, then a Terps assistant and now an ESPN commentator, handled his recruitment. Friedgen switched positions several times while playing for Maryland — going from quarterback to fullback to linebacker to guard — and played for three coaches.

1969-1971

Friedgen serves as an undergraduate assistant at Maryland.

1973

Takes first full-time coaching job at The Citadel, where he serves as defensive line coach and later offensive coordinator.

1980

Serves as William & Mary offensive coordinator.

1981

Serves as Murray State offensive coordinator.

1982

Returns to Maryland as Bobby Ross' offensive coordinator. Helps develop quarterbacks Stan Gelbaugh, Frank Reich and Boomer Esiason.

1987

Follows Ross to Georgia Tech, again as offensive coordinator. They win a share of the national title in 1990.

1992

Takes a job working for Ross again, this time as the San Diego Chargers' running backs coach. Later serves as offensive coordinator.

1997

Returns to Georgia Tech as offensive coordinator; wins the Frank Broyles Award — given annually to the nation's top assistant — in 1999.

November 2000

Hired by Maryland to replace Ron Vanderlinden and resurrect a program that had recorded only one winning season since 1990.

2001

Terps go 10-2, win the Atlantic Coast Conference and finish in the top 10. Friedgen is named national Coach of the Year.

December 2001

Friedgen agrees to 10-year contract worth $12 million.

February 2002

Tampa Bay Buccaneers interview Friedgen for their head coaching vacancy.

2002

The Terps begin slowly, losing two of their first three, before winning nine of 10 to close the season, including the Peach Bowl. Maryland hadn't won a bowl game since 1985.

2003

Friedgen leads Terps to a 10-3 record and a Gator Bowl win. He becomes the first ACC coach to win 10 or more games in each of his first three seasons in the league.

2004

Terps finish 5-6 and fail to make a bowl, but do beat No. 5 Florida State. It's their first win against a top-five team since 1982.

2005

Maryland again finishes 5-6 after a late-season 1-4 stretch.

2006

Friedgen begins his first of two seasons as the team's offensive coordinator. The Terps finish 9-4 and beat Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl.

2007

Maryland beats two top-10 teams in the same season for the first time in school history. But the team finishes 6-7, including a loss to Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl.

2008

Terps finish 8-5 and come within a game of the ACC title matchup. Maryland claims its fourth bowl win under Friedgen after knocking off Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Feb. 6, 2009

Offensive coordinator James Franklin, left, is named head coach-in-waiting with three years remaining on Friedgen's contract.

2009

A 2-10 finish is the worst of Friedgen's tenure and first 10-loss season

in school history.

2010

In one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college football history, Maryland completes an 8-4 season and plays East Carolina in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium.

Nov. 18, 2010

New Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, right, announces in a brief statement that Friedgen will return for 2011 season.

Dec. 17, 2010

During a teleconference with reporters, Anderson declines to commit to Friedgen as the Terps' coach in 2011.

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