Joe Krivak, Maryland's football coach from 1987-91, died Tuesday night, Dec. 25, 2012, the university announced. He was 77. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Joe Krivak, 77, the University of Maryland’s head football coach from 1987 to 1991, died Dec. 25, the university said in a statement. Current head coach Randy Edsall said on Twitter that Mr. Krivak had leukemia. No other details about his death were released.

Mr. Krivak was known as an outstanding coach of quarterbacks. As Maryland’s quarterbacks coach under Bobby Ross in the 1980s, he worked with future NFL players Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich and Stan Gelbaugh.

“He tutored some of the most prolific quarterbacks to play in College Park and helped develop them for future success in the NFL,” current Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said.

When Ross left for Georgia Tech after the 1986 season, Mr. Krivak was promoted to head coach.

Maryland went 20-34-2 in Mr. Krivak’s five seasons as coach. He resigned after the 1991 season, when the Terrapins had a record of 2-9.

His best year came in 1990, when the Terps went 6-5-1 and tied Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl. Mark Duffner took over as coach after Mr. Krivak’s resignation.

Mr. Krivak was a high school coach in Weirton, W.Va., early in his career and was an assistant coach at Syracuse and Navy before coming to Maryland. After leaving College Park, he spent two years as a quarterbacks coach at Virginia.

Information about survivors could not be confirmed.

— News services and staff reports