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MM 9.3: Karen Blair promoted to Maryland women’s basketball associate head coach

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Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese named Karen Blair as the team’s associate head coach Wednesday ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Blair, previously an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Terps, has been instrumental in the team’s success on and off the floor since joining Frese’s staff in 2018. She helped the team secure two five-star recruits in the class of 2019 in Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller, and landed the highest ranked recruit in program history in Angel Reese.

“Karen is more than deserving of this promotion. From the moment she has stepped foot on our campus, she has made an impact on our program,” Frese said in a release. “She is someone who is always here for everyone and is selfless in her pursuit to help others achieve success. Karen’s wealth of experience allows her to know exactly what needs to be done when needed and in the best interest of our program.”

The Terps have been dominant in the two seasons since Blair’s arrival as well, maintaining an overall record of 56-9 while finishing atop the Big Ten in 2019 and 2020.

“I am humbled and extremely thankful to Coach Frese and the Maryland administration for this promotion,” Blair said. “I love what I do, and working with Coach Frese and the Maryland family has been a blessing. The people around me, from the student-athletes to my colleagues and the best fans in the country, are what make coaching so special, and I am grateful to be surrounded by the best of the best at Maryland. It has been a privilege being a part of winning championships these past two seasons and [I] look forward to many more to come.”

In other news

Former Maryland football quarter Tyrrell Pigrome has been named the starting quarterback at Western Kentucky ahead of their season opener on Sept. 12.

Former Maryland football tight end Vernon Davis will participate in the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

Two years ago today, Antoine Richardson Jr. took a blocked field goal 70 yards to the endzone in a Maryland’s (first) season opening win over Texas.

Maryland basketball shared a clip from a special SportsCenter program earlier this summer, in which Jay Bilas broke down what it was like to face off against Len Bias live during their time as competitors in the ACC.

Maryland women’s basketball and Director of Scouting Sean Ehlbeck released episode eight of “The Program”, this time breaking down what made the 2019-20 Terp defense so devastating.

Premier Lacrosse League LSM of the Year and former Terp Michael Ehrhardt shared his thoughts on the brotherhood atmosphere cultivated under John Tillman.

Former Terp lacrosse players have thrived in the Premier Lacrosse League.

Maryland soccer shared some of the best photos from the team’s win over Georgetown four years ago today.