Ralph Friedgen, who restored the Maryland football program to national relevance during his tenure as head coach from 2001–10, will be honored on the field during the first half when UMD hosts No. 13 Penn State on Friday, Sept. 27.
“I can't tell you the impact that Ralph has had on the Maryland football community as well as college football,” current Head Coach Michael Locksley said. “He’s a guy that I have the utmost respect for, that I've always looked up to.”
A Maryland lifer who suited up as an offensive guard for the Terps from 1966–69, Friedgen returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach under Bobby Ross from 1982–86. After taking over as head coach in 2001, he led Maryland to its first ACC title in 16 years and was the consensus national coach of the year.
Friedgen accumulated 75 wins during his tenure, third all-time at Maryland, and led the Terps to seven bowl games, including a pair of New Year’s Day appearances. He ranks fifth all-time in ACC history in bowl victories (five), 15th all-time in wins (75), tied for 14th in ACC victories (43) and 12th in games coached (125).
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