Maryland Football Coaching Staff

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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.

Scottie Montgomery

Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach

Scottie Montgomery joined Michael Locksley’s staff as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in January 2019. Montgomery arrived in College Park after serving as Head Coach at East Carolina University from 2015-18. He’s also played an integral role leading Duke University and the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers to divisional championships and postseason play.

Montgomery had an instant impact once taking over at East Carolina. He directed the Pirates to their second-highest single-season passing attack in school history during the 2016 season, as ECU averaged 334.7 air yards per game. Additionally, ECU generated 5,605 yards of offense (467.1 ypg), which stood as the fourth-highest seasonal total in the program’s record books.

The Pirates ranked among the nation’s Top 25 (of 128 FBS programs) in 11 different statistical categories in 2016, rating 6th in passing offense, 11th in completion percentage, 16th in fewest penalties, 18th in fewest penalty yards, 19th in defensive fourth down conversion percentage, 22nd in offensive fourth down conversion percentage, 23rd in total offense, 23rd in blocked kicks, 23rd in blocked punts, 23rd in fewest penalty yards per game average and 24th in fewest penalties per game average.

Jon Hoke

Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach

Jon Hoke was hired as Maryland’s Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach in January 2019. Hoke comes to College Park with countless years of professional and collegiate coaching experience, spending 16 years on defensive staffs in the NFL and 21 years in college football.

For the past three years, Hoke served as the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he oversaw a secondary that was led by veteran cornerback Brent Grimes.

In 2018, third year safety Andrew Adams was near the top of the NFL leaders in interceptions with four, while six different Buccaneers tallied a pick. The year prior, Grimes led the team with 11 passes defensed and tied for the team lead in interceptions, with three.

Hoke also helped oversee the development of rookie safety Justin Evans, who tied for the team lead with three interceptions, tied for the third-most among NFL rookies. Evans started the final 11 games he played in the season. Free agent cornerback Robert McClain tallied three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, while safety Chris Conte notched a career-high three forced fumbles.

In Hoke’s first season with Tampa Bay (2016), he helped coach a secondary that was responsible for 14 of the Buccaneers’ 17 interceptions on the season. Grimes, who was named a Pro Bowl alternate in his first season with Tampa Bay, tied for the team lead in interceptions, with four, while leading the NFL in passes defensed, with 24. Tampa Bay’s three safeties (Chris Conte, Bradley McDougald and Keith Tandy) combined for 207 tackles, 23 passes defensed and eight interceptions. Hoke also assisted in the development of rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who started all 16 games for the Buccaneers, recording nine passes defensed and one interception.

Hoke joined Tampa Bay after spending 2015 as the South Carolina co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach. Before returning to the college ranks, Hoke spent six seasons on the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff (2009-14), working as the teams’ defensive backs coach.

John Papuchis

Special Teams Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Coach

John Papuchis, former defensive coordinator at Nebraska and North Carolina, joined the Maryland coaching staff as the Special Teams Coordinator and Inside Linebackers Coach in January 2019. Over the past 12 seasons, Papuchis has coached in one national championship game (2007) and six conference title games.

Papuchis (pronounced puh-POO-chis), a Gaithersburg, Maryland native who graduated from Quince Orchard High School, arrives at Maryland after spending four seasons (2015-18) at North Carolina. After coaching linebackers for two seasons, Papuchis was promoted to the Tar Heels defensive coordinator in 2017.

Joker Phillips

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach

Joe “Joker” Phillips, a 30-year veteran of the collegiate and NFL ranks, joined the University of Maryland football staff in 2019 as Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach.

Phillips, a former head coach at the University of Kentucky, has extensive experience coaching receivers, with stops at Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Florida and in the NFL.

After spending the 2016 season as an offensive quality control coach at Ohio State, Phillips began his second stint at Cincinnati in 2017. He also coached the Bearcats wide receivers in 1997 and the Cincy defensive backs in 1998.

John Reagan

Offensive Line Coach

A veteran coach with 25 years of experience, John Reagan joined the Maryland football coaching staff as the offensive line coach in January 2019.

At Reagan's last three stops - Penn (2015-18), Kansas (2014) and Rice (2011-13) – he served as the offensive coordinator.

Reagan was at the forefront of a resurgent offensive attack at Penn, guiding the Red and Blue's offense to record-setting heights and a pair of Ivy League championships. In 2017, Penn's total offense ranked No. 31 in the nation, averaging 413.9 yards per game. Regan's offense was dangerous on the ground, featuring two All-Ivy running backs and the nation's No. 20 rushing attack (199.5 yards per game).

Delbert Cowsette

Defensive Line Coach

Maryland standout and All-ACC performer, Delbert Cowsette returns to his alma mater in 2019 to coach the Terrapin’s defensive line.

Cowsette, who also played in the NFL, has spent the past five seasons at the University of Albany, also coaching the defensive line.

Under Cowsette’s guidance, the Great Danes produced 20 sacks in 2018 and 24 sacks in 2017. UAlbany held opponents to 107.0 rushing yards per game in 2017 as defensive end Malachi Hoskins earned First-Team All-CAA honors after totaling nine sacks and five tackles for a loss.

Cory Robinson

Defensive Passing Game Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach

Cory Robinson returns to Maryland, joining Michael Locksley’s staff as the defensive passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach in January 2019. Robinson also served as director of player personnel at Maryland in 2015.

Robinson most recently coached at Rutgers, where he was cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 2018.

After his first stint in College Park, Robinson coached cornerbacks at Toledo (2016) and Temple (2017).

Brian Williams

Outside Linebackers Coach

Brian Williams joined the Terps staff as the outside linebackers coach in February 2019. Williams comes to College Park after three years at UAB and time at the University of Georgia and Florida State University.

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.

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

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.

Brawley Evans

Senior Defensive Analyst

Dave Mencarini

Director of Player Personnel

Marcus Berry

Director of Recruiting

Marcus Berry is in his third year as Maryland's Director of Recruiting. The Terps signed a consensus Top 20 class in 2017 and a consensus Top 30 class in 2018.

Berry came to Maryland from Rutgers, where he served as the director of player personnel. Berry previously served in the same role at the University of Illinois and North Carolina.

While at Illinois, Berry was responsible for coordinating recruiting efforts, including the arrangement and management of on-campus visits. He also maintained the program’s video database for prospects.

At UNC, Berry was a member of a coaching staff that signed two consecutive top-25 recruiting classes. He handled all game-day recruiting operations and monitored top prospects.

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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