staff, June 30, 2015

The University of Maryland announced on Monday that head football coach Randy Edsall signed a three-year contact extension.

See the full Maryland release below.

The University of Maryland announced today that head football coach Randy Edsall has signed a three-year contract extension. Terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.

Edsall led Maryland into a new era in 2014, with its first season in the Big Ten. Maryland finished the regular season with a 5-1 record away from College Park, leading the Big Ten in road wins. The five road victories were the most for a Terrapin team since 1984. Maryland posted its first-ever road victory at Penn State and its first-ever win against Michigan to punctuate its first season in the conference, which concluded with an appearance in the Foster Farms Bowl. Maryland finished the season 7-6 securing its first back-to-back winning seasons since 2002-03 as well consecutive bowl game appearances.

?Randy has made good strides in our first year in the Big Ten and our program is headed in the right direction,? said Kevin Anderson, University of Maryland director of athletics. ?He has established a culture in which our students have made strong progress academically with outstanding graduation rates. We have made progress and we will look to continue to build upon what we have established with our goal of competing at the highest level in the Big Ten.?
"I'm extremely proud of the work my players and staff have put in to making our program what it is today,? said Edsall. ?It is rewarding for me that Kevin Anderson and Dr. Wallace Loh have recognized this process in getting the program headed in the right direction."

In 2014, eight Maryland players earned all-conference honors, the most ever under Edsall, and Brad Craddock was awarded Maryland?s first individual national honor since 2002 by winning the Lou Groza Award for the nation?s top kicker.

In addition, under Edsall's direction the football program's Athletic Progress Rate (APR) has reached all-time highs. The football team's APR, which measures eligibility and retention, increased its multi-year score from 922 (2009-2010) to 950 (2012-2013) and its single-year score from 905 to 977. Both of which are program bests since the APR's inception in 2003. In addition, 21 student-athletes claimed a spot on the All-Big Ten Academic Team.

Edsall was named the 34th coach in Maryland football history in January 2011. Since taking over, Edsall and his staff have placed a strong emphasis on recruiting the local Maryland/Washington, D.C. market, which is heavily recruited by schools across the nation and is considered a football hotbed. The result of this focus was the signing of 81 athletes, 42 from the area, since 2012. Edsall and his staff have recruited classes ranked in the top 35 nationally by in two of the last four years, including the 31st overall in 2013.The 2015 season will mark Edsall?s fifth year at College Park.

I?ve decided to coach one more season with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin. I am looking forward to another year with our program, including our players, my terrific assistant coaches, our office staff and everyone who supports Wisconsin basketball here in Madison, around the state and across the country.