Maryland officially announced the hiring of Brian Stewart as defensive coordinator Tuesday morning.

Stewart, who spent the past two seasons serving as defensive coordinator at the University of Houston, will also be the defensive backs coach at Maryland.

Houston ranked in the top 15 nationally in five statistical categories t his past season.

“I am very pleased to have Brian come on board,” Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said in a statement released by the school. “He is a proven defensive coordinator at both the collegiate and professional level. All of his experience will help us move forward as we look for him to implement his aggressive style. He will also be a great addition to our recruiting efforts.”

said Stewart in a statement: “I am excited to join Randy’s staff. I admired what he did at U-Conn. and saw the beginning of that transformation while I was at Syracuse. We have taken similar career paths as secondary coaches and then coordinators. It will be an exciting new challenge implementing our defensive in the ACC, a very competitive league and one of the traditional BCS conferences.”

Stewart, 47, went to Houston after an eight-year stint as an NFL assistant. He spent two years (2007 and 2008) as the defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys.

“Brian Stewart is one of the bright defensive minds in the game today,” former Dallas Cowboys head coach and current Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said in a statement. “I know Maryland is lucky to have him. Brian will be a great addition to Coach Edsall’s staff.”

There will be a media teleconference in a few hours.

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