Football Coaching Staff
Aazaar Abdul-Rahim
Defensive Backs - Cornerbacks
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive Backs - Cornerbacks
Alma Mater: San Diego State
Graduating Year: 1998
Experience: 3 Years

Aazaar Abdul-Rahim enters his third season on the Maryland coaching staff in 2018. After two seasons coaching the Terrapin defensive backs, Abdul-Rahim will focus primarily on the cornerback position in 2018. 

A former high school head coach with strong ties to the DMV area, Abdul-Rahim has made significant impacts for the Terps on the recruiting trails since his arrival in 2016. He's been key in helping Head Coach DJ Durkin and Maryland sign a consensus Top 20 recruiting class in 2017 and a consensus Top 30 recruiting class in 2018. Over the past two years, Maryland has signed 17 4-star student-athletes and eight members of the ESPN300. Abdul-Rahim was recognized by 247Sports in 2018 as one of the Top 10 recruiting assistant coaches in the Big Ten.

In 2017, Abdul-Rahim was vital in helping the Terps land nine of the Top 20 players from the state of Maryland and three of the top nine players from Washington, D.C. He was recognized by both and 247Sports as one of the Top 25 recruiters nationally for the class of 2017.

Abdul-Rahim has also made an impact coaching Maryland's defensive backs. In 2017, the Terps posted 10 interceptions - the most for a Maryland team since 2003. Under Abdul-Rahim's tutelage, defensive backs JC Jackson, Darnell Savage and Antoine Brooks were all named 2017 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. 

Abdul-Rahim joined the Maryland staff in 2016 after a two-year stint at Alabama where he first served as a defensive analyst before being promoted to the assistant director of player personnel.

A Washington, D.C. native, Abdul-Rahim made his name as the head coach of Friendship Collegiate Academy. After founding the school’s football program in 2004, he turned it into a national power, accumulating 62 wins and leading the team to a District of Columbia State Athletic Association championship in 2012. He helped over 100 players earn scholarships to play college football.

Abdul-Rahim also founded “Cover One”, a defensive back training academy that has worked with dozens of NFL players.

Abdul-Rahim played two seasons at San Diego State (1997-1998) after a stint at Mesa Community College. After college, the Dunbar High School standout, played for the San Diego Riptide of the Arena Football League.