Maryland head coach DJ Durkin officially announced three staff additions in a press release on Thursday afternoon. Full details below:
Matt Barnes (Linebackers)
Barnes has a long history with Durkin at both Michigan, where he served during the 2015 season as a defensive analyst, and at Florida, where he was a defensive and special teams graduate assistant.
Durkin was Michigan’s defensive coordinator last season and Florida’s interim head coach, defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and special teams coach at different points between 2010 and 2014.
Barnes graduated from Salisbury University (Md.) in 2008.
Chris Beatty (Wide receivers)
Beatty comes from his positions as assistant head coach and running backs coach at Virginia. In December, it had been reported that he would take a job on Dino Babers’ staff at Syracuse, but now will transition to College Park.
A noted recruiter who has seen 10 of his players reach the NFL, Beatty is also credited with the development of Virginia running back Taquan Mizzell, who broke an ACC record for running backs by tallying 721 receiving yards this past season.
The head coach of that program? Now-Maryland defensive line coach and associated head coach Mike London.
As a high school coach, he won a state championship at Landstown High School (Va.) with a team that featured future NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Anthony Tucker (Running backs)
Tucker worked under now-Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell when the two were at Arkansas State. Four players rushed for at least 400 yards under his watch this past season, including 1,000-yard rusher Michael Gordon.
The Red Wolves ranked 17th in the country in rushing in 2015.
- Offensive coordinator Walt Bell was announced as the team's quarterbacks coach, as well.
- Special teams coordinator Pete Lembo will be in charge of tight ends.