Maryland football made a home run hire Thursday in luring defensive coordinator Chuck Heater away from Marshall to be its safeties coach. On Sunday, the Terps hired James Madison offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring to fill the same role in College Park.
The program formally announced the hire on Jan. 9, along with the addition of Heater.
“We’re excited to add Bryan to our staff as he brings a great deal of experience and a strong familiarity with the DMV area,” head coach DJ Durkin said. “Bryan is extremely well thought of and his tenures at Virginia Tech and James Madison included 25 consecutive winning seasons. With his past success in developing offensive linemen, I’m thrilled that he’ll be leading our unit. He’s a tremendous asset to our program and we’re excited to welcome him to Maryland.”
Maryland lost offensive line coach Tyler Bowen earlier this offseason when he left to become Penn State’s tight ends coach. This is the second straight year the Terps have replaced their offensive line coach, as Dave Borbely moved to an off-the-field role after the 2016 season. After running backs coach Anthony Tucker left for the self-proclaimed national champions at UCF, his spot is the only one that remains vacant.
Stinespring spent two seasons at JMU, the first as the tight ends coach and the second as offensive line coach and running game coordinator. Before JMU, Stinespring spent 26 years at Virginia Tech as a tight ends coach, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. While he was on staff, Virginia Tech advanced to 23 consecutive bowl games, including eight BCS bowl games and one national title game. The Hokies also won seven conference championships.
The Dukes fell 17-13 to North Dakota State in Saturday’s FCS title game.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Jan. 7 and has been updated to reflect the team’s announcement of its new coaching hires.