Maryland's search for a new head football coach has come to an end, as the school announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley Tuesday.
The 2018 Broyles Award winner for the nation's top assistant coach, Locksley has spent the last three seasons on Nick Saban's staff. Locksley was a member of Maryland's offensive staff from 1997-2002, returning to the Terrapins in 2012 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He took over as Maryland's interim coach for the last six games of the 2015 season before departing for Alabama.
“I am thrilled to be returning home and to have the opportunity to lead the Maryland Football program,” Locksley said in a Maryland press release. “This has always been a special place for me and my family, and I am honored to take on this role at the state’s flagship institution. Our goal is to create an atmosphere and environment focused on the total development of our student-athletes. Our focus will always be to help them become more successful in all areas of their life through their association with our program."
Locksley's record as a head coach is far from impressive: he compiled a 2-26 mark while at New Mexico from 2009-11, and only won one of those final six games as the interim coach for the Terps in 2015. But Locksley has a good reputation as an offensive tactician and recruiter.
“As we narrowed the search for the individual best suited to lead our program, Michael not only stood out for his talent as a coach, but most importantly for the role he has played as a mentor to student-athletes throughout his career and his deep commitment to helping them grow into leaders on and off the field,” Maryland athletic director Damon Evans said in the university's release.
“On the field, Michael orchestrated one of the country’s most prolific offenses at the University of Alabama and has long been regarded for his recruiting prowess. Today he was recognized as the nation’s top assistant coach in the country, and I’m excited for him to be leading our program.”