- 10-2 in his 1st season at Maryland
- Top 10 ranking in his first season
- 1st ACC title by a team other than FSU since 1992
- 2010 ACC Coach of the Year
Ralph Friedgen spent 10 years (2001-10) as head coach at the University of Maryland with a reputation as one of the top offensive minds in college football.
Friedgen lifted the Terrapins to unprecedented heights in his tenure, taking the team to seven bowl games, including a pair of New Year’s Day appearances, and a school record five bowl victories. Prior to Friedgen’s arrival, Maryland had just one bowl game appearance in the previous 15 seasons.
He was the 33rd head coach in school history and ranks third in school history in career victories (75-50) and fourth in winning percentage (.600). Friedgen’s 75 wins rank 10th on the Atlantic Coast Conference all-time list and are more than the Terps had (60) in the 15 years prior to his arrival.
The consensus national coach of the year in 2001 when he led Maryland to its first ACC title in 16 years, Friedgen ranks third in ACC history with five bowl wins and is one of eight coaches with seven or more bowl game appearances. He became the 13th coach in ACC history to amass 70 wins with the victory over Duke (10/2/10).
He was voted ACC Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2010, the final one coming when he engineered the second-best turnaround in the FBS. Maryland improved its win total by seven games in 2010 from the previous season and posted the 14th nine-win campaign in school history after finishing 9-4, including a victory in the Military Bowl. Three of those nine-win seasons came under Friedgen.