Maryland head coach DJ Durkin officially announced the addition of three coaches to his staff in College Park, as outlined in a release on Wednesday afternoon.
As all reported earlier, former Virginia head coach Mike London will become Maryland’s associate head coach and defensive line coach, former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer will become the program’s defensive coordinator, and former Alabama staffer Aazaar Abdul-Rahim will join the staff as the defensive backs coach.
“I’m thrilled to announce four high quality additions to the coaching staff,” Durkin said in a release. “We’re adding a pair of coaches with head coaching experience and a group of guys with track records of being great teachers and recruiters.
“Their overall body of work speaks for itself as experienced leaders that have a tremendous knowledge of the game.”
Durkin added two critically important things in this round of staff hires -- head coaching experience and more local recruiting clout.
With Shafer and London, some of the concerns about Durkin’s lack of head coaching experience should be taken care of. With London and Abdul-Rahim, Maryland becomes a player in key recruiting areas in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Durkin is still filling out his staff on the offensive side of the ball -- and perhaps that is where the most questions exist, being that the first-time coach comes from a defensive background.