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Encyclopedia > Ralph Friedgen
Ralph Friedgen
Title Head Coach
College Maryland
Sport Football
Team record 4-3
Born April 4, 1947 (1947-04-04) (age 60)
Place of birth Harrison, New York
Career highlights
Overall 54-27
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1966, 68 Maryland
Position Offensive guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001-Present Maryland

Ralph Harry Friedgen (b. April 4, 1947 in Harrison, New York) has been the head coach of the University of Maryland Terrapins football team since the 2001 season. The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... This List of colleges and universities in the United States includes colleges and universities in the U.S. that grant four-year baccalaureate and/or post-graduate masters and doctorate degrees. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harrison is a town/village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... Head Coach Ralph Friedgen 6th Year, 50-24 Home Stadium Byrd Stadium Capacity 51,055 - Grass Conference ACC - Atlantic First Year 1892 Athletic Director Deborah A. Yow Website UMTerps. ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Head Coach Ralph Friedgen 6th Year, 50-24 Home Stadium Byrd Stadium Capacity 51,055 - Grass Conference ACC - Atlantic First Year 1892 Athletic Director Deborah A. Yow Website UMTerps. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harrison is a town/village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... Head Coach Ralph Friedgen 6th Year, 50-24 Home Stadium Byrd Stadium Capacity 51,055 - Grass Conference ACC - Atlantic First Year 1892 Athletic Director Deborah A. Yow Website UMTerps. ...

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Early history

Friedgen is regarded as one of the game's most offensive-minded coaches; "The Fridge", as he's affectionately known around College Park, matriculated at the University of Maryland in the mid-1960s, where he played the position of offensive guard. After completion of his Bachelor's in Physical education in 1970, Friedgen served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, before later accepting positions on the staffs of The Citadel, William and Mary, and Murray State. Joining him on many of these coaching stops was Frank Beamer, who is the current coach at Virginia Tech. College Park is a city in Prince Georges County, Maryland, USA, United States. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into American football positions. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... Physical education (PE) is the interdisciplinary study of all area of science relating to the transmission of physical knowledge and skills to an individual or a group, the application of these skills, and their results. ... The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina. ... The College of William and Mary (also known as William & Mary, W&M or The College) is a small, selective, coeducational public university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. ... Murray State University, located in the town of Murray in Kentuckys far-western Jackson Purchase in the United States, is an approximately 10,000-student, four-year public university. ... Frank Beamer (b. ... This article or section should include material from Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. ...


He returned to the University of Maryland in 1982 to serve as offensive coordinator under head coach Bobby Ross, who was his mentor during his stop at The Citadel. During this time period, he had a hand in the development of quarterbacks Stan Gelbaugh and Frank Reich, and most notably Boomer Esiason. It was also during this time that the University of Maryland football program was a perennial top-20 team, winning consecutive ACC titles from 1983 to 1985 and appearing in prominent bowl games. Following a sub-par 1986 season, and amidst an athletic department quagmire due in large part to the Len Bias incident, Friedgen followed Ross to Georgia Tech, a stint lasting four years. In 1990, Georgia Tech went from being unranked in the preseason to achieving an 11-0-1 record and a share of the national championship with Colorado. In 1992, Friedgen followed Ross once again, this time to the NFL's San Diego Chargers, where he orchestrated an offense that led the franchise to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIX.[1] In 1997, Friedgen returned to Georgia Tech, where, as offensive coordinator, he developed the balanced offensive attack (200 yards on the ground, 200 yards through the air) that would become his trademark. During his second year, the Yellow Jackets were co-champions of the ACC, defeated Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl, and ended the season ranked among the nation's top 10 teams. In 1999, he was awarded the Frank Broyles Award, given to the nation's best assistant coach. The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... Robert Joseph Ross (December 23, 1936, Richmond, Virginia) is the current head coach of the United States Military Academy football team. ... The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Stan Gelbaugh (born 1962) is a former American football quarterback. ... Frank Michael Reich (born December 4, 1961 in Freeport, New York) is a former NFL quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets, and the Detroit Lions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Leonard Kevin Bias (November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986) was an American college basketball player who suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia that resulted from a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft. ... The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational research university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, Metz, France, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. ... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[3]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ... NFL redirects here. ... Chargers redirects here. ... Date January 29, 1995 Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Steve Young, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 18½ National anthem Kathie Lee Gifford Coin toss Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, and Gale Sayers Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine Attendance... The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational research university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, Metz, France, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ... The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... Frank Broyles, current athletic director for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks athletic department. ...


University of Maryland Coach

In November 2000, he was named the head coach of the University of Maryland football team. He was charged with rebuilding a program that had only one winning season and no bowl game appearances since 1990. In his first season, he surprisingly led the Terps to a 10-2 record, a top 10 national ranking, the first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title by a team other than Florida State since the Seminoles entered the league, and an appearance in the 2002 Orange Bowl. He went on to receive numerous "Coach of the Year" plaudits from various organizations. The proceeding two seasons would provide more of the same. In 2002, Maryland would finish the season with an 11-3 record, culminating with a 30-3 victory over Tennessee in the 2002 Peach Bowl. In 2003, the Terps would finish with a 10-3 record, including a 41-7 victory over rival West Virginia in the 2004 Gator Bowl. The University of Maryland football team became one of five programs nationally to reach the 10-win plateau from 2001 to 2003, and Friedgen became the first coach in ACC history to win 10 or more games in his first three seasons as a head coach. He struggled with his weight all of his life but decided to motive his players by losing weight in the offseason. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[7] is a public research university located in Tallahassee. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in the Miami, Florida metro area, in the United States. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta, Georgia since December, 1968. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a clinical campus for the Universitys... The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


The 2004 season would be the first disappointment of Friedgen's tenure. While the team failed to qualify for a bowl game, there were some highlights. On October 30, his relatively young team upset fifth-ranked Florida State to earn the first Maryland win in that series, as well as the first win over a top-5 team since 1982. On November 27, a 13-7 win over Wake Forest gave Friedgen his 36th win as head coach, making him the winningest fourth-year coach in conference history. is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ...


The 2005 season again saw the Terps fail to qualify for a bowl game. Friedgen's team started out with a 4-2 start, but a lack of offensive efficiency and a propensity for unforced turnovers -- both of which may be attributed in part to an injury sustained by quarterback Sam Hollenbach -- caused the team to win only one of its last five games to finish with a 5-6 record for a second consecutive season. Sam Hollenbach (born September 9, 1983 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback with the Washington Redskins. ...


The 2006 season saw the Terps qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2003. Despite being outgained by every one of its 11 Division I-A opponents, the Terps started the season 8-2, highlighted by a 28-26 victory over Virginia in which the team stormed back from a 20-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Cavaliers. The Terps also became the first team since 1985 to defeat both Florida State and Miami in the same year. The Terps defeated Purdue 24-7 in the Champ Sports Bowl to give Friedgen his 50th win as Maryland's head coach. Friedgen's 50 wins in six seasons ties him with former North Carolina head coach Dick Crum for the second most wins by a sixth-year coach in the ACC (former Clemson head coach Danny Ford holds the record with 52 wins in his first six seasons.) The team has outscored its last three opponents 95-17 in bowl games. The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... Purdue redirects here. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Dick Crum is an American football coach. ... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ... Danny Lee Ford is a former American football coach, who most notably led Clemson University as its head coach to its 1981 national football championship. ...


Friedgen's efforts in rebuilding the University of Maryland program are far from over. His success has seen a substantial increase in ticket sales (Terrapin Ticket Sales), which has initiated discussions into the renovation of Byrd Stadium. His recruiting efforts have also seen the University of Maryland team compete head-to-head with many of the elite programs for blue-chip recruits. In an innovative move, Friedgen and former Maryland placekicker Jess Atkinson launched FridgeTV in 2003, an interactive experience that provides the viewer with an "inside the locker room" look at the personalities behind the program. In 2004, he appeared prominently in TV commercials promoting former Terrapin football player Kevin Plank's Under Armour brand of athletic wear Under Armour promotion. The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... Byrd Stadium is the home stadium of the University of Maryland Terrapins football team as well as the mens lacrosse team. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in the city of College Park, in Prince Georges County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the United States. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Kevin A. Plank (born August 13, 1972 in Kensington, Maryland) is an American entrepreneur and businessperson. ... Under Armour NYSE: UA is a brand of clothing headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland designed for use in sports. ...


Friedgen has been married to the former Gloria Spina since 1973. They have three daughters, one of whom, Kristina, is a Theatre major at the university.


Head Coaching Record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Rank#
Maryland Terrapins (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2001 — 2007)
2001 Maryland 10-2 7-1 1 10
2002 Maryland 11-3 6-2 T-2 13
2003 Maryland 10-3 6-2 2 20
2004 Maryland 5-6 3-5 7
2005 Maryland 5-6 3-5 T-3 (Atlantic)
2006 Maryland 9-4 5-3 T-2 (Atlantic)
2007 Maryland 5-6 2-5 T-5 (Atlantic)
Maryland: 54-28 31-22
Total: 54-28
      National Championship         Conference Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll of the season.

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References

  1. ^ Player Bio: Ralph Friedgen. umterps.cstv.com. Maryland Terrapins. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.

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Preceded by
Ron Vanderlinden
University of Maryland Head Football Coaches
2001-
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Bob Stoops
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
Kirk Ferentz

  Results from FactBites:
 
Ralph Friedgen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (864 words)
After completion of his Bachelor's in Physical education in 1970, Friedgen served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, before later accepting positions on the staffs of The Citadel, William and Mary, and Murray State.
In 1997, Friedgen returned to Georgia Tech, where, as offensive coordinator, he developed the balanced offensive attack (200 yards on the ground, 200 yards through the air) that would become his trademark.
Friedgen's efforts in rebuilding the University of Maryland program are far from over.
Bowl Championship Series - Friedgen gets six-year contract from Terps (601 words)
Friedgen, who is returning to his alma mater and the scene of his first coaching job, was signed to a six-year, $175,000 a year contract, the school announced.
Friedgen is the architect of a Georgia Tech attack that last year led the nation in total offense with a school-record 509 yards per game.
Friedgen left with Ross for Georgia Tech in 1987, and three years later the Yellow Jackets beat Nebraska in the Florida Citrus Bowl and claimed a share of the national championship.
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