The Maryland football team formally announced the additions of three new members to its coaching staff on Thursday afternoon, filling the vacancies with two NFL names and an up-and-comer from the non-BCS level.
Keenan McCardell, a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been hired to coach the Terrapins’ wide receivers, taking over for Lee Hull, who was hired as head coach at Morgan State. Dave DeGuglielmo, a 22-year coaching veteran with nine years of NFL experience, will coach Maryland’s offensive line while Chad Wilt comes from Ball State to lead the defensive line.
Outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson, among five positional coaches retained for the upcoming season, has also been promoted to assistant head coach while still filling his previous duties. Keith Dudzinski (inside linebackers), John Dunn (tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator), Andre Powell (running backs) and Brian Stewart (defensive coordinator and defensive backs) all signed contract extensions.
McCardell, who most recently coached the wide receivers for the Washington Redskins, is obviously the most splashy hire. He played for 17 seasons in the NFL, catching 883 passes (16th all-time) for 11,373 yards (26th all-time) and 63 touchdowns. Maryland Coach Randy Edsall crossed paths with McCardell with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he was the defensive backs coach from 1994 to 1997.
DeGuglielmo was fired this February from his offensive line position with the New York Jets, where he spent just one season. Before that, he was with the Miami Dolphins for three seasons and the New York Giants for five. DeGuglielmo last coached at the collegiate level from 1999 to 2003 at South Carolina and replaces Tom Brattan, whose contract was not renewed.
DeGuglielmo and Edsall were both at Boston College in 1991-92; Edsall was the defensive backs coach and DeGuglielmo was a graduate assistant.
Wilt, a former two-time NAIA all-American defensive end at Taylor (Ind.) University, comes from Ball State, where he spent three seasons as the team’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He replaces Greg Gattuso, who recently became the head coach at Albany.