Maryland football is expected to make a pair of hires, filling in key roles that had been left opened since earlier this offseason.
Multiple sources confirmed to Testudo Times that Ron Zook will be elevated to special teams coordinator.
Maryland athletics declined to comment.
Zook, 66, has been a part of the Maryland program since 2019, when head coach Mike Locksley added him as a senior analyst, an off-field, non-recruiting role. The two have a strong bond, as Locksley worked under Zook at Florida and followed him to Illinois.
On top of 10 years of experience as a college head coach, Zook has deep roots in college and the NFL. In particular with special teams, Zook first held the coordinator role at Florida from 1994-1995 before leading the same group with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996-1998.
After his head coaching stints, Zook worked with the Green Bay Packers special teams unit before taking the same job coaching XFL start-up Salt Lake Stallions.
Locksley also added offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos this offseason in what has been a reshaping at the top of the Maryland program two years into his tenure.
On top of the expected promotion for Zook, multiple public reports expect Baylor cornerbacks coach Brian Stewart to be added as defensive coordinator. The Stewart hiring was first reported by Al.com’s Matt Zenitz.