The Maryland football team has decided not to renew the contract of offensive line coach Tom Brattan, effectively parting ways with the longest-tenured member of its staff, an athletic department spokesman said Monday.
One of the holdovers from the Ralph Friedgen regime, Brattan just completed his 13th season with the Terrapins and has spent nearly 30 years coaching at the college level. Like every Maryland assistant except offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, Brattan was coaching under a contract that is set to expire on Tuesday.
“We would like to thank Tom for all of his hard work and commitment to the University of Maryland football program,” Coach Randy Edsall said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Brattan has spent his entire college coaching career on the offensive side, guiding the linemen at William & Mary (1984-91), Northwestern (1992-98) and Stanford (1999-2000). His arrival at Maryland coincided with Friedgen’s hiring in 2001. The other holdover from the Friedgen era, wide receivers coach Lee Hull, recently interviewed for the head coaching job at Morgan State, and his future with the program hinges on the results from that.
The team’s incoming 2014 recruiting class currently contains four offensive linemen — Larry Mazyck, Derwin Gray, Brendan Moore and Sean Christie — and could potentially add several more depending on the decisions of Bishop McNamara standout Damian Prince and the once-committed Jared Cohen.
As for the other assistants, Keith Dudzinski (inside linebackers), Lyndon Johnson (outside linebackers), Andre Powell (running backs/special teams) and John Dunn (recruiting/tight ends) are all expected to be offered the opportunity to remain on Edsall’s coaching staff. Stewart’s contract expires on Jan. 31, 2014, though both he and Maryland are interested in his return. Locksley is under contract until Dec. 31, 2015.