Maryland football went through a thorough makeover this past week, adding multiple solid recruits on Early National Signing Day, while also promoting assistant strength and conditioning coach Mason Baggett to take over as the associate director of football performance.
Following the departure of former Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning Matthew Fyle, Baggett — who has been a part of the staff since 2016 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach — was promoted to the position.
Baggett had previously served as an assistant strength coach at East Carolina University from 2008-11 and spent just over a year as an associate strength and conditioning coach with the University of Illinois football program.
Director of Strength and Conditioning Ryan Davis took to Twitter to congratulate Baggett on his promotion.
So fired up for @Coach_Baggett to be our new Associate Director of Football Performance. Honored to serve the Terps with you. #LockedIn #LetsGo pic.twitter.com/WubQjEBU9y— Ryan Davis (@CoachRyanDavis) December 20, 2019
Before coaching in College Park for less than a year, Fyle served as the an associate strength and conditioning coordinator for the University of Oregon. He also spent time with the University of Georgia and the Atlanta Falcons.
Fyle announced his new position as the strength and conditioning coordinator at UNLV on Twitter with an extensive thank you to the Maryland football program Friday.
FIRED UP FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY‼️ LETS GET TO WORK REBELS ⚫️ ⚫️ #BEaREBEL #UNLVfb pic.twitter.com/ywgBVAZKmw— Coach Fyle (@CoachFyle) December 20, 2019
In other news
Lila’s latest longform came out Friday, in which she took an in-depth look at Reese Mona’s unique upbringing.
Wes gave his takeaways from Maryland football’s early signing period.
We also had three takeaways from No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball’s 52-48 loss to Seton Hall — its second consecutive loss.
Maryland wrestling lost its home opener against Pittsburgh this weekend.
And the latest Tilted Bench podcast is out.
At home for the holidays and not sure what to do with your free time?— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) December 20, 2019
Go listen to the latest episode of the @TiltedBench podcast! https://t.co/7ZUtO8s6Lo
No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball guard Aaron Wiggins got to speak to his alma mater of Wesleyan Christian Academy following its 19-point victory against Ravenscroft.
Thank you @Aaron_Wiggins_ for speaking to our team this evening after our win at Ravenscroft. We appreciate our alumni so much! Your words were powerful and timely. Keep representing well with @TerrapinHoops #GoTrojans pic.twitter.com/B5CxlDA4ui— Wesleyan Christian Academy Boys Basketball (@WCA_Boys_BBall) December 21, 2019
Special teams and inside linebackers coach John Papuchis has reportedly left the Terps for the Seminoles. This has not been confirmed by either team yet.
Per @PeteThamel, Maryland football special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach John Papuchis has been hired by Florida State.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) December 20, 2019
He will reportedly serve as the Seminoles’ special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach.
Mike Locksley’s staff is gearing up for the Class of 2021 recruiting cycle, making the list of a four-star athlete.
Maryland football has made the top five of four-star Florida ATH Charles Montgomery, who is listed as the No. 256 player in the nation for next year's class.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) December 21, 2019
The rest of his list includes Penn State, Florida State, Ohio State and Nebraska. https://t.co/VdxNISkX1k
Former Maryland standout Will Likely is getting his shot at the next level with the DC Defenders.
Former Terp standout William Likely III will get his shot at the XFL, and it just so happens to be with the team that practices on Maryland’s campus. https://t.co/fqUXlw9E3i— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) December 21, 2019
No. 13 Maryland women’s basketball players shared their favorite holiday movies.
What’s your favorite holiday movie?! pic.twitter.com/2lVov5iyyv— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) December 22, 2019
The defenders of the decade for Maryland women’s lacrosse have been announced.
You voted, we listened!— Maryland Women's Lacrosse (@MarylandWLax) December 20, 2019
Your official Maryland ...
Alice Mercer, Julia Braig and Megan Douty #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/h2nB32rrUe
Maryland baseball head coach Rob Vaughn was pleased with the program’s high ranked recruiting class but understands that there is still work to be done.
Highest ranked recruiting class in program history, but we've got work left to do. Time to turn into— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) December 20, 2019
Maryland wrestling celebrated a few victories over No. 10 Pittsburgh.
Boys got some big dubs #TurtlePower pic.twitter.com/9CHKCHRZeV— Maryland Wrestling (@TerpsWrestling) December 21, 2019