Maryland football officially announced the hiring of Dave Bucar as tight ends coach late Thursday morning. In the same release, the program officially announced Jafar Williams as its new running backs coach.
“I’m excited to welcome Jafar and Dave to our program,” Durkin said in the release. “Jafar is a Terp and has a real passion for Maryland. He’s done an outstanding job developing players at each of his coaching stops. Dave has worked with Coach [Matt] Canada at both LSU and Pitt. He has a strong football mind and our players will benefit with Dave on staff.”
Bucar coached the offensive line at Tiffin University in 2013 and 2014 before joining Pittsburgh’s staff as a graduate assistant in 2015, working under Maryland offensive coordinator Matt Canada. He stayed through 2016, helped engineer the offense that beat Penn State and eventual national champion Clemson, and then followed Canada to LSU as an offensive analyst.
In Canada’s offense, tight ends play a larger role than Maryland fans saw under Walt Bell. Having a tight ends coach who’s been with him for several seasons should bring an increased level of understanding to the meeting room and help get Terps tight ends—none of which have caught a pass in since 2016—up to speed.
Maryland has now filled all of its on-field coaching positions. The staff is constructed as follows:
Head Coach: DJ Durkin
Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks coach: Matt Canada
Running backs coach: Jafar Williams
Receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator: Chris Beatty
Tight ends coach: Dave Bucar
Offensive line coach: Bryan Stinespring
Special teams coordinator/linebackers coach: Matt Barnes
Defensive coordinator: Andy Buh
Defensive line coach/co-defensive coordinator: Jimmy Brumbaugh
Cornerbacks coach: Aazaar Abdul-Rahim
Safeties coach: Chuck Heater