August 27, 1958 |
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Boston College (DB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (DB)
Georgia Tech (DC)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2× Big East (2007, 2010)
1× Big East Coach of the Year (2010)
Randy Douglas Edsall (born August 27, 1958) is an American college football coach. He is currently the head coach at the University of Maryland. Edsall was the head coach at the University of Connecticut from 1999 until the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, and oversaw the program's promotion from the NCAA Division I–AA level to Division I–A. He has the most wins for a head football coach in Connecticut history. On January 2, 2011, Edsall replaced Ralph Friedgen at the University of Maryland.
A native of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, Edsall is a protege of current New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. Edsall played for Coughlin at Syracuse University and later coached under him at Syracuse, at Boston College, and with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2009, Edsall was mentioned in Notre Dame's search for a new head football coach following the firing of Charlie Weis. On December 10, 2009, sources reported that Notre Dame had extended a contract offer to University of Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly.
Edsall was named the 27th head football coach at the University of Connecticut on December 21, 1998 and led the Huskies from Division I-AA into Division I-A. UConn was the first school to ever move from the FCS to the Bowl Championship Series as a member of the Big East. In 2004, he led the Huskies to the first bowl game in school history, the Motor City Bowl, which UConn won by defeating Toledo, 39–10.
In 2007, the Huskies were picked in the preseason Big East Coaches Poll to finish seventh; however, they ended up tying for the conference championship with West Virginia and earned a trip to the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
On September 11, 2010, Edsall became the winningest coach in Connecticut football history when the Huskies defeated Texas Southern. His 67th victory placed him ahead of the 66 wins compiled by J. Orlean Christian between 1934 and 1949. That season, he also led Connecticut to another Big East Championship, his second as coach and in the past 4 years. He was named 2010 Big East Coach of the Year.
Edsall was hired in 2010 after the controversial firing of Maryland alumnus Ralph Friedgen, who was named 2010 ACC Coach of the Year. In Edsall's inaugural season, the Terrapins finished with a record of 2–10. During his first year at Maryland, 24 players transferred out, including Freshman All-ACC quarterback Danny O'Brien. Edsall and AD Andersen hired Edsall after the attempt to hire Leach from Texas Tech was unsuccessful (Leach abused his players physically and was fired by TT). Andersen and Edsall led the effort for Maryland to leave the ACC, a conference Maryland cofounded in 1953 with Clemson. The decision by Maryland to leave the ACC will likely cost the university over 40 million dollars. Add to that Friedgen's contract buyout and the procuring of Edsall's services, the financial strain on both the athletic program and the university is enormous. The AD has "borrowed" millions from the university's general fund and cut non-revenue sports, such as swimming and track and field. However, Maryland's move to the Big Ten will likely, in the long-term, offer Maryland and its athletic department financial stability on a level the ACC could never afford. The Big Ten is a revenue-sharing conference that, thanks to the success of the Big Ten Network, in recent years, has generated more revenue than any other conference, distributing that money among its members.
Edsall has seen steady improvement in his three years as Maryland's coach: going from 2-10 in his first year, to 4-8 in his second. In 2013, his third season as head coach, after defeating West Virginia in one of the program's biggest wins over West Virginia, Edsall led his 4-0 team into the Associated Press top 25 poll, entering at #25. They would fall out of the rankings the following week after a 63-0 shutout, home loss to #8 Florida State. He finished the rest of season on a downturn, ending the regular season 7-5 but still earning bowl eligibility for the first time as Maryland's coach, a steady improvement from last year's 4-8 season. In the Terrapins's final game of the regular season, the team ended on a high note: winning their last conference game as a member of the ACC 41-21 on the road against NC State, albeit an NC State squad that finished the season with a 3-9 record, 0-8 in the ACC.
Rumors of Edsall's job security have surfaced throughout his tenure at Maryland and whether or not he could achieve success at Maryland as he did at Connecticut, especially as Maryland transitions its move into the Big Ten.
Edsall has two children, a son and a daughter, with his wife. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he played as a backup quarterback. He also has two nephews David and Daniel Schindler and two nieces Kacy and Kali.
Head coaching record
|Connecticut Huskies (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999)|
|Connecticut Huskies (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (2000–2003)|
|Connecticut Huskies (Big East Conference) (2004–2011)|
|2004||Connecticut||8–4||3–3||T–5th||W Motor City|
|2007||Connecticut||9–4||5–2||T–1st||L Meineke Car Care|
|Maryland Terrapins (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2011–present)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
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