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Maryland head coach DJ Durkin has been on the job for four months in College Park. He is now halfway through his first spring practice schedule with the Terrapins, which has given him an opportunity to look back at what he has done so far.
Speaking with CSN’s Chick Hernandez at Maryland’s pro day on Wednesday in College Park, Durkin was asked about the biggest adjustment he has faced going from the defensive coordinator of the Michigan Wolverines to the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins.
“The biggest adjustment is what your role is and what your daily involvement is in the program and with the players,” he said. “When you’re a position coach or a coordinator, it’s hands-on and your focus is just on getting that defense better or your position group better and, obviously, now as a head coach it’s the big picture of everything and I’m really enjoying it.”
Prior to spending one season in Ann Arbor, Durkin worked as the defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and special teams coordinator of the Florida Gators. It has been his ties in the Sunshine State that have helped him to shape his first recruiting class with the Terrapins.
He has also been aided by the strong staff he has put together, which includes defensive line coach Mike London, formerly the head coach at Virginia, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, formerly the head coach at Syracuse, and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo, formerly the head coach at Ball State.
“I really like doing it. It’s what I want to do for a long time. I’m glad I have this opportunity and it’s been great,” Durkin said. “I think what makes it great is the people around you. I got a great staff of guys that we’ve been able to hire here and so that’s made it really nice.”