COLLEGE PARK -- New Maryland football coach D.J. Durkin seems more focused on making the correct hires and not just the quickest hires as he fills out his staff in College Park.
During his introductory press conference, he did not provide a concrete timetable for when his staff will be filled out, but said he intended to build a quality staff.
“I’m going to be very deliberate about it. As the right guys come forward, we’ll keep working with it as we move forward,” Durkin said.
“We’re going to do this right and get the right people here. With our staff, we’re going to get people that have a purpose, good people, good family men that understand the game and understand what we’re doing about this program and however long that takes to get them is how long we’ll take to do it.”
The first order of business would seem to be the assistants currently on staff, most prominently offensive coordinator and the interim head coach who led Maryland for the final six games of the season, Mike Locksley.
An elite recruiter in the region and in many ways the architect of Maryland’s heralded 2016 recruiting class, Locksley formally interviewed for the head coaching position before Durkin was ultimately hired.
Durkin was asked about Locksley’s future with the team during Thursday’s press conference.
“I’m in the process now of getting with our entire staff, Mike as well as everyone else on the staff to kind of go through where we’re at and update them on that,” Durkin said.
“I want the staff to keep working right now and just doing what they’re doing. They’ve obviously done a heck of a job of putting together a really good recruiting class and built relationships and I don’t want that just to be cut off and stopped. Mike as well as everyone else will be evaluated and we’ll go through that process as we go.”