Andy Buh, who joined DJ Durkin's staff in the spring of 2016, is now in his second season as defensive coordinator for the Terps.
Buh, who previously served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and Cal, came to Maryland from the University of Kentucky, where he served as the outside linebackers coach in 2015 and was promoted to also serve as special teams coordinator. Durkin and Buh were on the same staff at Stanford from 2007-09.
Buh (pronounced same as “boo”) has 19 years of coaching experience and has helped engineer major turnarounds at Stanford and Nevada. His teams made four consecutive bowl appearances from 2009-12 and he’s sent numerous players to the National Football League.
Buh helped guide a Maryland defense that ended 2016 tied for third in the Big Ten with 37 sacks. The Terps finished strong, compiling 15 sacks during the final three games of the season.
Buh's defense allowed just one 300-yard passer during the 2016 season. Maryland gave up just 212.3 passing yards/game in Buh's first season, just the second time in the last nine seasons a Terps team achieved the feat.
While only at Kentucky for one season, Buh made an immediate impact. The Wildcats allowed just 198.1 yards per game through the air, ranking fifth in the SEC and Top 30 nationally in passing defense. Kentucky was also stingy in the red zone during Buh’s tenure, ranking fourth in the conference and 14th nationally by allowing opponents to score just 75 percent of the time. The Wildcats also forced nine fumbles in 2015, ranking fourth in the SEC.
Buh also coached at the University of California, where he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2013. The Golden Bear defense was ravaged by injuries that year as 16 players from the team's preseason two-deep were sidelined for a total of 109 games. A highlight was the performance of defensive lineman Deandre Coleman, who earned third-team All-Pac-12 honors and currently plays for the Miami Dolphins.
Buh was the linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 2012 and the UW defense ranked in the nation's top 25 in several statistical categories. The Badgers were 15th in the nation in total defense (322.6 yards per game), 17th in scoring defense (19.1 points per game), 22nd in pass efficiency defense and 24th in rushing defense. Wisconsin was even better during the regular-season Big Ten contests, allowing just 18.3 points per game to rank second in the league.
Individually, Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor had 123 tackles and ranked 25th in the nation in total stops. Linebacker Chris Borland received All-Big Ten honors. Borland played for the San Francisco 49ers and Taylor was on the reserve squad for the Seattle Seahawks.
Prior to Wisconsin, Buh was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Nevada in 2010-11. In his first season, Buh helped lead Nevada to arguably the greatest season in school history with a 13-1 record, tying for the Western Athletic Conference championship and defeating Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Nevada ranked 31st in the nation in scoring defense (21.4 ppg) and 18th nationally in rushing defense at 120.3 yards per game. The Wolf Pack rated 24th nationally in sacks with 35 QB takedowns, 2.5 per game. Defensive end Dontay Moch had 22 tackles for loss, leading the WAC and rating 10th nationally with 1.57 TFL per game. Moch was a third-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals and currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons.
The Wolf Pack went 7-6 in his first season and played No. 22-ranked Southern Mississippi in the Hawaii Bowl, limiting the nation's No. 15 scoring offense to 13 points and 125 yards below its season average. Nevada was led by first-team All-America defensive tackle Brett Roy, who had 18.5 tackles for loss, pacing the WAC and ranking 12th nationally with 1.4 TFL per game. Included were 10 quarterback sacks, with Roy ranking second in the WAC and 13th in the country at 0.77 per game.
Buh's success came after inheriting a unit that had ranked 96th and 91st nationally in total defense in 2008 and '09, respectively, the two seasons before his arrival. In his two years at Nevada, the Wolf Pack was 54th in the country in total defense in 2010 and 52nd in 2011.
Buh also was part of a major turnaround during his term at Stanford. He was linebackers coach in 2007 for a team that had gone 1-11 the year before. The 2007 squad improved to four wins, including one of the greatest upsets in college football history -- as a 41-point underdog, the Cardinal scored a 24-23 road victory at Southern California. Buh was promoted by then-head coach Jim Harbaugh to co-defensive coordinator for his final two seasons.
In his first year as co-defensive coordinator, Stanford ranked 11th nationally in quarterback sacks and improved to five wins. Three Cardinal defenders were named All-Pac-12. In 2009, Stanford played in the Sun Bowl, the school's first bowl appearance since 2001, and had four players receive All-Pac-12 honors, including NFL All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Buh played linebacker for two seasons at Palomar College, where he helped the team to a share of the 1991 Junior College Grid-Wire national championship as a freshman. He was a junior-college All-American as a sophomore.
Buh went on to play at Nevada in 1993-94 and was a part of a Big West championship team as a senior. He graduated with a degree in physical education and began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Orange Glen HS, in 1996.
Buh entered the collegiate coaching ranks at Nevada as a graduate assistant in 1997-98 and coached defensive backs and special teams in '99. He was a defensive administrative assistant at California in 2000-01.
Buh coached linebackers at San Diego State at 2002-05. During his time with the Aztecs, Buh coached four players who went on to the NFL, including Kirk Morrison, a first-team All-American, two-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MWC selection. Morrison went on to play eight years in the NFL. Buh coached one season at Fresno State before going to Stanford.
Buh's wife, Kelly, is a native of New Albany, Ind. They have two sons, Luke and Logan.