Randy Edsall

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Randy Edsall
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Maryland
Conference Big 10
Record 20–30
Annual salary $2,000,000[1]
Biographical details
Born (1958-08-27) August 27, 1958 (age 56)
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1976–1979 Syracuse
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Syracuse (GA)
Syracuse (RB)
Syracuse (TE)
Syracuse (RB)
Syracuse (DB)
Syracuse (DB/RC)
Boston College (DB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (DB)
Georgia Tech (DC/DB)
Head coaching record
Overall 94–100
Bowls 3–4
Accomplishments and honors
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 was named the 34th head football coach at the University of Maryland.

Coaching career[edit]

A native of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania,[2] 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.[3] On December 10, 2009, sources reported that Notre Dame had extended a contract offer to University of Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly.[4]


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.


Randy Edsall along the sideline during the Terps' 2013 game vs. the Clemson Tigers.

Edsall was hired in 2011 after he led the University of Connecticut to its first appearance in a BCS bowl game. In Edsall's inaugural season, the Terrapins finished with a record of 2–10. In 2012, the Terrapins finished with a 4-8 record. On November 19, 2012, the school announced it was joining the Big Ten Conference and leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference, a conference Maryland cofounded in 1953 with Clemson. 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, road loss to eventual National Champion, then ranked #8 Florida State. The Terrapins finished the regular season 7-5, earning bowl eligibility for the first time under Edsall, a steady improvement from the previous 4-8 season. In the Terrapins 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.[citation needed]


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. His brother, Duke, is an NCAA basketball official.[citation needed]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Connecticut Huskies (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999)
1999 Connecticut 4–7 3–5 T–6th
Connecticut Huskies (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (2000–2003)
2000 Connecticut 3–8
2001 Connecticut 2–9
2002 Connecticut 6–6
2003 Connecticut 9–3
Connecticut Huskies (Big East Conference) (2004–2011)
2004 Connecticut 8–4 3–3 T–5th W Motor City
2005 Connecticut 5–6 2–5 T–6th
2006 Connecticut 4–8 1–6 T–7th
2007 Connecticut 9–4 5–2 T–1st L Meineke Car Care
2008 Connecticut 8–5 3–4 5th W International
2009 Connecticut 8–5 3–4 T–4th W PapaJohns.com
2010 Connecticut 8–5 5–2 T–1st L Fiesta
Connecticut: 74–70 22–26
Maryland Terrapins (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2011–2013)
2011 Maryland 2–10 1–7 6th (Atlantic)
2012 Maryland 4–8 2–6 5th (Atlantic)
2013 Maryland 7–6 3–5 5th (Atlantic) L Military
Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Maryland 7–6 4–4 3rd (East) L Foster Farms
2015 Maryland 0–0 0–0 (East)
Maryland: 20–30 10–22
Total: 94–100
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ Barker, Jeff. (2011-07-14) Terps: Maryland to pay football coach Randy Edsall $2 million per year and men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon $1.9 million annually. baltimoresun.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-29.
  2. ^ Randy Edsall. Nndb.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-29.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Cincinnati confirms Kelly to coach Notre Dame – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2009-12-11). Retrieved on 2011-11-29.

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