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Maryland football's coaching staff and recruiting zones

Here is a look into the Maryland football coaching staff, including the newest additions made by head coach Randy Edsall this offseason.

Rob Carr

Editor's note: We figured it was time to add a coaching staff "big board" in the same way that we have one for the scholarships on the team and the recruiting classes.

Randy Edsall, Head Coach (fourth season)

After graduating from Syracuse in 1979 (where he played quarterback), Edsall started his coaching career right away, as a graduate assistant with the Orange. He ended up spending the next 11 seasons with the program, coaching three different positional units (running backs, tight ends and defensive backs). His first non-Syracuse job came in 1991, as the defensive backs coach for Boston College, and three years later he accepted the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After one year as Georgia Tech's defensive coordinator in 1998, he was hired to help transition UConn's program to Division I-A in 1999. In seven years in the Big East, Edsall's Huskies made five bowl games, including the Fiesta Bowl after the 2010 season. He was hired by Maryland in 2011.

Mike Locksley, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (third season)

Mike Locksley hails from Washington D.C and went to Towson University where he played defensive back from 1989-1991. Locksley began his coaching career as the special teams and defensive backs coach at Towson in 1992.From 1993-1995, Locksley would stay on the defensive side of the ball as coaches at Pacific and Navy before turning his attention to the offensive side in 1996 at Army. From 1997-2002, Locksley would coach the runningbacks and become recruiting coordinator in his first stint at Maryland before heading to Florida in the same role. He became the offensive coordinator at Illinois in 2005, before landing the head coaching job at New Mexico. He was fired in 2011, and has been the Maryland offensive coordinator since 2012.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Locksley's recruiting are is primarily DC and PG County, but he also covers Chicago and Tampa Bay. He's Maryland's best recruiter, and nabbed four of the top five commitments in the 2014 class -- Jesse Aniebonam, Derwin Gray, Larry Mazyck and Will Ulmer. He's also responsible for bringing in Deon Long, Albert Reid, Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown, among others.

Brian Stewart, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs (third season)

Brian Stewart began his coaching career on the offensive side at Cal Poly and Northern Arizona, coaching Wide receivers, tight ends, runningbacks and special teams from 1992-1995 before becoming a grad assistant at Missouri in 1996. Stewart would coach defensive backs from 1997-2006, coaching at Sn Jose St, Missouri, Syracuse, the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers. He became the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 before returning to the college ranks in 2010 as the defensive coordinator at Houston. Stewart was hired by Edsall in 2012, along with Mike Locksley.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Stewart covers upstate New York, Texas and junior college prospects in the recruiting game. He brought in Brendan Moore and assisted with Josh Woods in this year's class, and is also responsible for bringing in Will Likely.

Offensive line coach: Vacant

Lyndon Johnson, Assistant Head Coach/Outside Linebackers (fourth season)

Johnson began his coaching career a bit differently than the rest of the staff, starting as the defensive coordinator at Brien McMahon high school in 1994. Johnson would move on to become the defensive coordinator at Sacred Heart in 1997 before becoming the defensive line coach at Fordham in 1998. Johnson served on Randy Edsall's staff at Connecticut from 1999-2010, serving s the special teams, outside linebackers and tight ends coach s well as being the recruiting coordinator. Johnson came with Edsall to Maryland in 2011, and was promoted to assistant head coach before the 2014 season.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Johnson was promoted to assistant head coach due to Greg Gattuso's departure, and while it's hard to say exactly what that entails, it is clear that Johnson did much better as an outside linebackers coach than as an outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator. Johnson's special teams units were awful, but Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, Marcus Whitfield, Matt Robinson and Alex Twine all had fantastic seasons in 2013. In recruiting, he handles parts of Georgia, Northern Florida (as well as the Panhandle), Upstate New York, Alabama, Mississippi and Howard County. He brought in Jordan Noil for the 2014 class, as well as Kingsley Opara, Nick Brigham and Chandler Burkett in previous classes.

Keith Dudzinski, Inside Linebackers Coach (fourth season)

Dudzinski graduated from New Haven and immediately became a grad assistant there, serving there until 1993. Dudzinski would become the defensive line coach at Brown from 1994-1997 before moving on to his first stint at UMass serving as the defensive line, defensive backs, and linebackers coach as well as special teams. Dudzinski would take two years away from UMass serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northeastern before returning to UMass as the defensive coordinator in 2004. He would stay there until 2010 before moving on to Maryland in 2011.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Dudzinski covers Central and North New Jersey, as well as New England and Baltimore County. He brought in Juwann Winfree, Josh Woods and Tyler Burke in the 2014 class -- a significantly improved haul from previous seasons for him.

John Dunn, Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (fourth season)

John Dunn is one of the younger assistant coaches on staff, as he graduated from North Carolina in 2004 where he was a student assistant on staff there. He played quarterback and tight end at UNC from 2001-2003 prior to being on staff. In 2005, he became the offensive quality control coach there and would move on to become a graduate assistant there the next year. In 2008, Dunn became and graduate assistant at LSU until 2010.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Dunn coordinates the recruiting classes, and covers North Carolina, Eastern Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania, Miami, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore. Dunn helped bring in Tyler Burke, Brett Kulka, Andrew Gray and David Shaw in the 2014 class.

Keenan McCardell, Wide Receivers Coach (first season)

McCardell is best known for his playing days in the NFL, where he played for five teams (Redskins, Browns, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Chargers). McCardell made two pro bowls and won two Super Bowl championships in his career. Following his playing days, he became a wide receivers coach with the Washington Redskins, but was fired following the 2011 season. He was hired by Maryland in 2014.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: McCardell has no collegiate coaching experience, so his impact on the recruiting trail is hard to fully get a hold on, but he's one of the top 30 receivers in NFL history in both catches and yards. Like DeGuglielmo, McCardell can be used as a selling point for receivers with NFL aspirations -- and he was well-regarded with Washington, so it's safe to say he can actually deliver on that promise.

Andre Powell, Special Teams Coordinator/Running backs (fourth season)

Powell began his coaching career as a grad assistant at both Indiana and South Carolina from 1989-1990 before moving on to coach the running backs at VMI and Rhode Island from 1992-1994. Powell served as the wide receivers coach at Virginia from 1997-1999. In 1996, and from 2000-2010, Powell served as running backs coach at Virginia, UNC, and Clemson. He served as special teams coordinator at UNC and Clemson. Powell joined Maryland in 2011.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Powell covers much of Virginia, as well as Indianapolis, Southwest Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Baltimore City and Harford and Cecil Counties. Powell helped bring in Will Likely in 2013 and Caleb Rowe in 2012.

Chad Wilt, Defensive Line Coach (first season)

Chad Wilt comes from Carlisle Pennsylvania and graduated from Taylor University, where he played on the defensive line from 1996-1999. Wilt became the defensive line and special teams coach t Central Connecticut St in 2001 and served the position until 2003, where he would then move on to become a graduate assistant at Virginia. From there, he would become the defensive line and special teams coach at Liberty from 2006-2008 before returning to Virginia to serve as the defensive line coach in 2009. After one season there, Wilt served the same role at Richmond before moving on to Ball State in the same position, and as a recruiting coordinator.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Wilt was the recruiting coordinator at Ball State, helping bring in the second-best class in the MAC this season. While with the Cardinals, he recruited in Southwest Indiana, Central Ohio, Missouri, Southern Illinois and junior colleges.

Ryan Steinberg, Assistant Director Of Operations/Recruiting

Steinberg is a Maryland graduate of 2007, and has worked with the program for seven seasons. He has been in his current position for three seasons, and spent five seasons as a student assistant in the Maryland football office before becoming a full-time member of the staff.

Pete Volk, Testudo Times managing editor: Steinberg may be the second most-important recruiter on staff, behind Locksley. He runs the database and organizes much of it, and prospects often talk about their relationship with him (and speak very highly of it).

Drew Wilson, Director Of Strength and Conditioning

Wilson graduated from King's College in 2000 and oversees the training and development of the team. He spent the five seasons before coming to Maryland in 2011 at UConn under Randy Edsall. He attended Springfield College for his Masters in exercise science and interned at Maryland and Auburn during that time. Wilson worked at Florida St from 2004-2005 assisting with football, baseball and track and field before moving on to Kansas where he assisted with football, men's basketball, and golf.