Maryland Football Coaching Staff

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Nov 26, 2022
College Park, Md.
Mike Locksley

Mike Locksley

Head Coach

Michael Locksley returned home to become the University of Maryland’s 37th head football coach in December 2018. Locksley, a Washington, D.C. native with deep personal and professional connections to the area, brings over 20 years of coaching experience, including two separate stints at Maryland, totalling 10 years with the Terps.

The winner of the 2018 Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, Locksley has spent the last three years working under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. He served as the Crimson Tide’s co-offensive coordinator and won a national championship last season before being promoted to offensive coordinator in February of 2018 and helping Alabama return to the College Football Playoff.


Locksley, known for strong recruiting skills, was listed as a top-25 recruiter in the nation three different times (2003, 2005, 2006) and was a finalist for 2007 recruiter of the year by Rivals.com. He also engineered top-10 recruiting classes during each of his two seasons (2003-04) as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach

Brian Williams joined the Terps staff as the outside linebackers coach in February 2019. In February of 2020, Williams transitioned to defensive line coach. Williams came to College Park after three years at UAB and time at the University of Georgia and Florida State University.

Williams is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the nation, currently ranking as the No. 5 recruiter in the nation and No. 1 recruiter in the Big Ten, by 247Sports. Williams' immense impact on the recruiting trail has helped Maryland secure a top-25 class in the country in 2021 and be one of only 11 programs nationally that have signed a five star prospect in both 2020 and 2021 (Rakim Jarrett & Terrence Lewis), according to 247Sports.

Maryland's defensive line saw drastic improvement under Williams in 2020, led by All-Big Ten performer Mosiah Nasili-Kite, who led the Big Ten and ranked 23rd nationally in 2020 with 0.80 sacks per game, recording four. In just five games, Maryland had more sacks than it did in nine Big Ten games the year prior, tallying 14 in 2020, the second-best per game mark in the Big Ten, averaging 2.60 per game. Three different defensive lineman: Nasili-Kite, Ami Finau and Sam Okuayinonu all recorded at least a half sack.

As the head of the outside linebacker unit in 2019, Williams coached graduate transfer Keandre Jones to a career year, where he earned All-Big Ten plaudits. Jones led Maryland and ranked 27th in the nation (seventh in the Big Ten) with 15.0 tackles for loss and led the Terps with seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three quarterback hits, while recording 74 tackles (49 solo).

Williams helped lead UAB to a Conference USA Championship and the program’s first ever 11-win season in 2018 under Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Bill Clark.

Under Williams guidance, redshirt senior Chris Woolbright earned all-conference honors after leading the Blazers with 83 tackles and two interceptions while tallying 13.5 tackles for loss.

In 2017, Williams helped lead the Blazers to a successful campaign which was highlighted by the development of senior Tevin Crews.

Crews stayed at UAB during the program’s two-year hiatus and once he was back on the field, Williams coached him to career numbers and All-Conference USA accolades.

Crews was the only player in Conference USA to rank in the top 10 in both tackles per game (7.8) and tackles for loss (12.0). He finished the season with a career-high and team-best 102 tackles to go along with his 12 TFLs, three sacks, three pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble.

Williams also developed sophomore Fitzgerald Mofor into one of UAB’s most consistent players as Mofor started all 13 games for the Blazers and finished third on the team with 71 tackles. Meanwhile, true freshman Thomas Johnston gained valuable experience in playing all 13 games and finishing the season with 32 tackles.

Overall, Williams helped UAB return from a two-year hiatus in 2017 to set the program record for FBS wins (8), Conference USA wins (6) and finished with a perfect 6-0 record at home for the first time ever. The Blazers’ appearance in the Bahamas Bowl was just the second bowl game in program history.

Although 2017 was Williams’ first year coaching games at UAB, he joined the Blazers coaching staff in January of 2016 to help bring the program back.

Prior to UAB, Williams was at the University of Georgia in 2015 as the player relations director for the Bulldogs’ defense. Before that, he was on staff at Florida State for two years as a defensive analyst and was a part of the Seminoles’ 29-game winning streak which included winning the 2013 National Championship.

The Florida State defense finished the 2013 season allowing just 12.1 points against, anchored by linebackers Telvin Smith and Reggie Northrup. Smith led the team with 90 tackles and 9.5 TFL. Williams contributed to FSU’s defense that ranked second in total defense, first in passing defense and third in rushing defense.

Williams had a very successful high school coaching career before jumping to the collegiate level. His first coaching stop was at Rickards High School in Tallahassee. He then returned to his alma mater of Miami Carol City High School where he spent seven years coaching football and teaching math and special education.

After one year in Georgia, Williams moved back to Tallahassee to begin a three-year stint at Godby High School as the Defensive Coordinator. Williams helped Godby win the Florida state title in 2012 as the Cougars finished with an overall record of 15-1.

Williams played high school ball at Miami Carol under legendary Florida coach Walt Frazier. He earned a scholarship at Albany State University in Georgia and then transferred to Florida A&M where he finished his college degree.

Williams is married to the former Diasha Walker.

Dan Enos

Dan Enos

Offensive Coordinator

Enos arrives in College Park with 30 years of coaching experience, including five as a head coach at Central Michigan from 2010-14.

The esteemed coaching veteran most recently served as the Associate Head Coach / Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati, helping lead the Bearcats to one of the best seasons in program history, which featured a 9-1 record, American Athletic Conference Championship, Top-10 ranking and Sugar Bowl berth.

Cincinnati ranked top-25 nationally in nearly every offensive category in 2020 under Enos, averaging 37.5 points per game and 212.4 rushing yards per game.

Enos spent the 2019 season at Miami (FL), serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has also coached stints at Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Western Michigan, Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Northern Michigan and Lakeland College.

In 2018, Enos coached with Locksley at Alabama, serving as the Associate Head Coach / Quarterbacks Coach, helping lead the Crimson Tide to 14 wins, the SEC Championship, College Football Playoff Berth and Orange Bowl win, where the Tide defeated Oklahoma 45-34.

Tua Tagovailoa, brother of current Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, posted one of the best seasons by a quarterback in college football history during that 2018 season. Tagovailoa completed 69 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,966 yards with 43 TDs and just six interceptions, setting an all-time FBS single-season passer rating mark (199.44). The Tide averaged 45.6 points and 522.0 yards per game and set school records for points scored (684), single-season total offense (7,830 yards) and passing yards (4,854) in a season.

Enos’ first stint in the SEC was as the offensive coordinator for Arkansas, where he was the Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach from 2015-17 and saw his offense produce some of the most impressive seasons in Razorbacks history. Arkansas was one of two FBS programs with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,300-yard rusher in both 2015 and 2016, featuring a different quarterback and different running back carrying the load in each season.

Enos had five offensive players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, tied for the second-most nationally.

Prior to his time at Arkansas, Enos spent five seasons as the head coach at Central Michigan (2010-14), leading the Chippewas to two bowl games and bowl eligibility in three of his five seasons at the helm. He coached 23 All-Mid-American Conference players while his offenses passed for more than 3,000 yards four times. Central Michigan’s win over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was just the third bowl win in program history.

In each of his final two seasons at CMU, Enos helped the Chippewas rank in the top half of the MAC in passing efficiency, third down conversion percentage and time of possession.

Enos has Big Ten roots, coaching at his alma mater Michigan State from 2006-09 where he tutored three NFL running backs in Javon Ringer, Edwin Baker and Jehuu Caulcrick and was named one of Rivals.com’s Top 25 recruiters nationally in 2009.

As a standout quarterback at Michigan State from 1987-90, Enos started two seasons and earned a 16-7-1 record (.688) as a starter, leading the Spartans to two bowl victories. He still ranks among the best in school history with 3,837 passing yards and 297 completions. His .621 completion percentage ranks fourth-best in Spartan history.

Enos graduated from Michigan State with a degree in business administration in 1991 and earned his master’s in sports administration in 2006.

The Dearborn, Mich., native and his wife Jane, have two children, Lia and Alex.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Special Teams Coordinator/OLB Coach

James Thomas Jr. will serve as the Terrapins Special Teams Coordinator and Outside Linebackers coach.

Thomas spent the 2021 season as a Special Teams quality control analyst for the Terps before briefly joining the University of Florida’s staff earlier this year in a quality control role working with the Gators cornerbacks.

Prior to Maryland, Thomas Jr. served two seasons (2019-20) as co-defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Angelo State University. Under his guidance, the Rams defense was one of the top-performing units among Division II schools, ranking third nationally in scoring defense (14.8 PPG), fifth in defensive pass efficiency (93.17), and 10th in interceptions (17).

Thomas Jr. also spent three seasons at Clarion University (2016-18), where he served as the Golden Eagles defensive coordinator. In 2018, Clarion's defense ranked sixth in interceptions, eighth in takeaways and 14th in red zone defense.

A native of Orlando, Fla., Thomas Jr. started his career at Western New Mexico in 2010, where he coached the receivers his first two seasons (2010-11), and served as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach (2012-13), and defensive coordinator (2014-15).

Thomas Jr. is a graduate of Graceland University, where he played cornerback from 2004-08 and earned his degree in physical education and health in 2009. He also has a master's degree in educational leadership from Western New Mexico.

Lance Thompson

Lance Thompson

Inside Linebackers Coach

Lance Thompson joined the Maryland football coaching staff as the Terrapins Inside Linebackers Coach in February 2022.

Thompson arrives in College Park with a plethora of championship level coaching experience, serving as a member of national championship staffs at Alabama, Georgia Tech and LSU. He was a member of four SEC championship coaching staffs, two ACC championship staffs and one Conference USA divisional winner.

Additionally, he either coached or recruited players who participated in eight National Championship games, winning seven of those contests (Georgia Tech, LSU twice and Alabama four times).

Thompson was ranked as the No. 1 recruiter in the nation on the Ultimate ESPN 300 recruiting power rankings for 2014 when he was coaching at Alabama, and was named Rivals National Recruiter of the Year in 2008, also with the Crimson Tide.

In his career that has spanned over 30 years, Thompson has served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama, LSU, UCF, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina and Florida Atlantic.

Thompson has coached and/or recruited several players who have been selected highly in the NFL Draft, including Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Trent Richardson, D.J. Fluker, Chance Warmack, Marco Coleman, Cornelius Griffin, Marquise Hill, Laron Landry, Tyson Jackson, Coutney Upshaw and Coleman Rudolph.

Most recently at Florida Atlantic, Thompson joined the Owls in the spring of 2019 as the team’s defensive line coach and the program’s recruiting coordinator. In his first year, he mentored a veteran defensive line that combined for 43 tackles for loss, 22 of which were sacks, as well as recording 28 quarterback hurries. The front line also headed up a rushing defense that improved 50 spots nationally from 2018 to 2019, moving from 89th to 39th in the country while giving up 52.3 fewer yards per game. The team's overall scoring defense was 59 spots better, ranking 33rd, and the squad finished 19th in FBS in red zone defense as well.

In 2021, Thompson served as the Owls' linebacker coach, where he was received by an experienced group, including the team's leading tackler in Chase Lasater, who recorded 72 tackles in nine 2020 games played, and Caliph Brice, who finished his 2020 campaign with 54 tackles, good enough for third on the squad.

Thompson spent three seasons at South Carolina from 2016-18, where he worked under the direction of head coach Will Muschamp, as the assistant head coach of defense and defensive line coach. In his second season, Thompson helped groom Dante Sawyer into a second-team All-SEC selection, while senior Taylor Stallworth had his finest season for the Garnet & Black. Additionally, junior college transfer Javon Kinlaw developed into a force, proving his skill in 2018 with 38 tackles, including 10 for a loss of 40 yards.

Thompson worked at Alabama three different times, from 1999-2000, 2007-08 and 2012-14. He helped Alabama's 2013 defense to hold opponents to 13.9 points per game, the fifth-best mark in Division I college football. His Alabama recruits included Julio Jones, A.J. McCarron, Mark Barron, D.J. Fluker and Trent Richardson.

A Nick Saban disciple, Thompson worked with the coaching legend at Alabama and LSU. He was the assistant head coach in charge of recruiting and the tight ends coach when LSU won the 2003 national title. He also coached the defensive line at LSU.

Thompson also logged stints at Tennessee (2009-11), Georgia Tech (1988-98, 2001), and Central Florida, where he was defensive coordinator from 2004-06. In 2005, UCF won the Conference USA Eastern Division title. At Georgia Tech, he held various roles, including defensive line coach, defensive ends coach, tight ends coach, recruiting coordinator and director of football operations. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Yellow Jackets in 1988.

Thompson is a 1987 graduate of The Citadel, where he was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive lineman, and earned his bachelor's degree in education and mathematics.

A native of Riverdale, Ga., he is married to the former Mary Ann Guzy. Thompson has five children -- Allie, Christina and Lane Thompson, and Alli and Taylor Guzy.

Wes Neighbors

Wes Neighbors

Safeties Coach

Wes Neighbors joined the Maryland football coaching staff in February 2022 as the Terrapins safeties coach.

Part of five national championship teams at Alabama (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017) as both a player and staff member, Neighbors arrives in College Park after serving as a position coach at Louisiana, South Florida and Florida Atlantic.

Neighbors was the Ragin Cajuns Safeties Coach in 2021, helping lead Louisiana to a historic 13-1 season and a Sun Belt Championship. The season culminated with a win in the R+L New Orleans Bowl against Marshall where he served as the Interim Defensive Coordinator, holding Marshall to just 21 points.

Under Neighbors tutelage, Louisiana had one of the best defenses in the nation in 2021, standing 14th in the FBS in passing yards allowed at only 190.1 yards per game. The Cajun defense only allowed 18.5 points per game and held eight opponents under 20 points. Junior safety Percy Butler earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors with Neighbors guidance, totaling 61 tackles (37 solo), six tackles for loss, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and one interception.

Neighbors spent the 2020 season at South Florida, where he helped coach a secondary that produced 10 interceptions. Mekhi LaPointe was one of the top defensive players on the team under Neighbors’ tutelage, ranking second on the team with two interceptions and third among secondary players with 33 tackles.

Neighbors spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Florida Atlantic, helping the Owls’ defense become one of the best in the nation. In 2019, the Owls set a program record with 21 interceptions and led the nation in total takeaways (33), interceptions (22) and turnover margin (+21).

In his first season at FAU (2018), Neighbors’ safeties unit was led by senior Jalen Young, a Second Team All-Conference USA selection that ended his career tied among all active FBS players with 13 interceptions and finished second on the team with 59 tackles.

Neighbors began his coaching career as an Alabama student assistant (2011-12), working with the special teams and running scout practice periods, before assuming an off-field graduate assistant role with special teams. In 2013-14, Neighbors moved to defensive intern where he worked with the outside linebackers, organized opponent data and led the scout team unit for a defense that was ranked No. 5 nationally in 2013.

He then served one year as a defensive graduate assistant (2014-15), assisting the defensive coordinator and helping develop Butkus Award winner and All-American Reuben Foster and All-American Reggie Ragland.

In the spring of 2015, Neighbors moved into a defensive analyst position. During his time as a staff member at Alabama, the Tide held no lower than a No. 3 national ranking (2015) and garnered the No. 2 spot in 2016 and 2017. Neighbors was a part of teams that played in the Peach and Cotton Bowls and won two SEC Championships.

As a player, Neighbors was a safety and a member of special teams units for the Crimson Tide from 2008-11. He played on two national championship teams, winning BCS titles in 2009 and 2011.

Neighbors graduated from Alabama with honors in 2011, earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration. He continued his education in Tuscaloosa, earning a Master of Science degree in marketing in 2012. He was a member of the SEC Honor Roll from 2008-11, was a Dean’s List member in 2008 and is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

Brian Braswell

Brian Braswell

Offensive Line Coach

Braswell brings five seasons of NFL experience to Maryland, spending 2014-18 in the AFC North, as an Assistant Offensive Line and Quality Control Coach for the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals made the playoffs in each of the two seasons that Braswell worked in Cincinnati as the Assistant Offensive Line and Quality Control Coach and won the AFC North in 2015, putting together an impressive 22-9-1 record over those two years.

The Georgia native also spent the spring and summer of 2010 with the Steelers and spent part of 2013 working with the Bengals as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Internship coaching program.

Braswell served as a volunteer analyst for the Terps during the 2020 season, working with the offensive line. Prior to that, he coached in the XFL, serving as the Offensive Line Coach for the St. Louis Battlehawks.

Before his time with the Browns and Bengals, Braswell coached at Morehouse College, an NCAA Division II school in Atlanta, Ga. From 2008-13, he served as the Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator. He also coached the field goal and extra point teams, and he developed and installed strength programs for athletes at the school.

Braswell graduated from Hampton (Va.) University, where he played center and tackle on the football team.

Gunter Brewer

Gunter Brewer

Wide Receivers Coach

Brewer comes to Maryland having coached some of the best wide receivers to play the game over the last 25 years, including a pair of Biletnikoff Award winners in Randy Moss and Justin Blackmon, and Biletnikoff finalist Dez Bryant. 

A veteran with over 30 years of coaching experience in both the collegiate and professional ranks, Brewer most recently served as the wide receivers coach at Louisville for the past three seasons. 

At Louisville, Brewer guided Tutu Atwell to All-America and First Team All-ACC plaudits in 2019. Atwell set the Louisville program record for receiving yards in a season (1,276) while also tying the school mark with 12 touchdowns. He was the first Cardinal wide receiver to record over 1,000 yards in a season since 2007.

Before his time at Louisville, Brewer was the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, working with a unit that featured veteran wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor. Under Brewer’s direction, Jeffrey recorded his highest receiving yardage (843) and reception totals (65) in a single season since 2014. Agholor recorded career highs in receptions (64) and yards after the catch (350). In 2018, Philadelphia registered the seventh-ranked passing offense in the NFL.

Brewer served as the Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach at the University of North Carolina from 2012-17. During his time at UNC, he coached four of the top five wide receivers on the Tar Heels’ all-time receptions list and UNC set the school record for passing yards five times. The Tar Heels threw for more than 3,500 yards each season from 2012-16. North Carolina led the NCAA in yards per play (7.3) and ranked ninth in scoring offense (school-record 40.7 points per game) en route to the program’s first-ever appearance in the ACC Championship Game during the 2015 season.

Brewer has also held coaching positions at Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Marshall.

Elijah Brooks

Elijah Brooks

Running Backs Coach

Elijah Brooks, who has spent the last eight years molding some of the nation’s best players for future success in the collegiate and professional ranks as the head coach of local powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School, has joined the Maryland coaching staff in January 2019.

Brooks will join Michael Locksley's staff as the running backs coach. Brooks coached current Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr., who broke the program’s freshman rushing records this past season with 1,034 yards and four touchdowns, in high school.

In addition to McFarland, Brooks also coached current Maryland running back Lorenzo Harrison III, offensive lineman Terrance Davis, defensive back Tino Ellis, defensive lineman Austin Fontaine, offensive lineman Evan Gregory, offensive lineman Marcus Minor, defensive lineman Oluwaseun Oluwatimi and wide receivers Chris Jones and DJ Turner at DeMatha.

Under Brooks, a number of Stags have gone on to see NFL success, including linebacker Cameron Wake, safety Rodney McLeoud and offensive linemen Arie and Cyrus Kouandijo.

As head coach at DeMatha, Brooks won four consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships from 2014-17, posting a 72-20 record during that span. Before his stint as head coach, Brooks served as the running backs coach from 2007-11.

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Tight Ends Coach

Mike Miller was named as Maryland’s Tight Ends Coach in January 2019.

Miller spent the past two seasons as Michael Locksley’s offensive graduate assistant at the University of Alabama. He worked primarily with the Crimson Tide quarterbacks and wide receivers.

In 2018, Alabama’s offense set school records for points scored (684), single-season total offense (7,830 yards) and passing yards (4,854) in a season.

Miller, who served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Charlotte Christian (N.C.) High School in 2016, worked as a student assistant coach at Clemson when the Tigers reached the national title game during the 2015 season.

Brian Simerville

Brian Simerville

Director of Athletic Training/Head Football Athletic Trainer

Brian Simerville returned to the University of Maryland in Feb. 2019 as the Director of Athletic Training/Head Football Athletic Trainer.

Prior to returning to College Park, Simerville served as the Head Football Athletic Trainer for the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

Simerville started at Maryland in 2013 as the Assistant Football Athletic Trainer. Simerville provided athletic training coverage for the Maryland football team and served as the Insurance Coordinator for all the University of Maryland Student-Athletes.

Simerville came to Maryland after three years at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as the assistant athletic trainer with Ice Hockey, Football, Women’s tennis and Golf teams. Prior to that, Simerville worked as an Associate Athletic Trainer at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida from 2007-2010.

Simerville received his Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida in 2007. While at USF Simerville served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the Men’s Soccer team. Brian received his Undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine Athletic Training from Eastern Michigan University in 2005.

 
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