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Football Coaching Staff
DJ Durkin
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Boardman High School
Alma Mater: Bowling Green
Graduating Year: 2001
Major: Business Marketing
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 301-314-7095

DJ Durkin, one of the brightest young coaching minds in college football, was named the 36th head football coach in Maryland history on December 2, 2015.

Prior to arriving in College Park, Durkin served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Michigan, leading a nationally-renowned defensive unit that ranked fourth in the country. Under Durkin, the Wolverines limited opponents to 17.2 points per game in 2015, in addition to shutting out three consecutive opponents – the longest such streak at Michigan in 35 years.

Durkin has also been an outstanding recruiter in his time as an assistant. At Florida, Durkin helped land four straight top-11 recruiting classes and was named Rivals.com’s 2012 Recruiter of the Year as a result. In total, Durkin contributed to the impressive recruitment of nine five-star prospects on the defensive side of the ball during that stretch.

Durkin’s immediate impact in Ann Arbor was also displayed in player development. Michigan had nine defensive All-Big Ten honorees, including a pair of first team defensive backs: Jourdan Lewis and Jabril Peppers. In addition, three Wolverines (Ryan Glasgow, Lewis and Peppers,) were named semifinalists for national defensive awards in 2015. The Wolverines improved defense was a major reason for the program’s four-win improvement over last season and for the team ranking as high as ninth in the nation.

As the defensive coordinator at Florida from 2013-14, Durkin led the Gators to consecutive top-15 rankings in total defense with the 15th-best mark in the country in 2014 (329.0 ypg) and the eighth-best (314.2 ypg) in 2013.

Florida’s 2014 team finished the year ranked in the top-10 in the nation in yards allowed per play (4.45), yards allowed per rush attempt (3.16) and yards allowed per pass attempt (5.9).

The group was highlighted by All-SEC first team selections Dante Fowler Jr., and defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, along with second-team all-conference honoree Antonio Morrison. Fowler was subsequently selected third overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His selection continued a stretch in which Gator defensive players were selected in the first round of three consecutive drafts.

In Durkin’s first season as defensive coordinator, Florida finished first in the SEC and seventh in the country in pass defense (171.8 yards per game), sixth in first downs allowed (16.1 per game) and 15th in scoring defense (21.1 points per game), while allowing only 27 touchdowns, the sixth fewest in the nation in 2013.

Durkin’s coaching paid dividends at the next level when defensive tackle Dominique Easley was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

From 2010-2012, Durkin served as special team coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida and coached under current Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Once again, Durkin was a key contributor of a staff that helped produce an NFL first round pick when defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was taken in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

As linebackers coach, Durkin tutored Jon Bostic, who finished his career as a second-team All-SEC selection and was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears in 2013.

Durkin’s coaching on special teams helped produce punter Chas Henry, the winner of the Ray Guy Award in 2011, and kicker Caleb Sturgis, a two-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Under Durkin's tutelage, Stanford's defensive ends helped the Cardinal rank 11th nationally in sacks per game in 2007 and 2009.

At Stanford, Durkin helped the Cardinal bring in their highest ranked recruiting class in eight years in 2009.

As a graduate assistant at Notre Dame from 2003-04, Durkin worked primarily with defensive ends and helped develop Notre Dame all-time sack leader, All-Pro NFL defensive end and two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck.

As a player, Durkin starred at Bowling Green as a starter at defensive end and outside linebacker from 1997-2000. He led the team in sacks in 1998 and served as a team captain for two seasons. Durkin was honored with numerous team awards including the Ken Schoeni Award for character and toughness, the Carlos Jackson Award personifying the values of a student-athlete and the Leadership Award.

Durkin played under Gary Blackney at Bowling Green. Blackney was Maryland’s defensive coordinator from 2001-05.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Bowling Green in 2001 and his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision in 2004.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Durkin and his wife Sarah have one daughter, Abigail, and one son, Luke.


Durkin's Coaching Experience
2015-pres.
Head Coach
Maryland
2015
Defensive Coord./LBs
Michigan
2013-14
Defensive Coord./LBs
Florida
2010-12
Special Teams Coord./LBs
Florida
2007-09
Special Teams Coord./DEs
Stanford
2006
Special Teams Coord./LBs
Bowling Green
2005
Defensive Ends
Bowling Green
2003-04
Graduate Assistant
Notre Dame
2001-02
Graduate Assistant
Bowling Green


The durkin file
Full Name: Daniel John “DJ” Durkin
Birthdate: January 15, 1978
Wife: Sarah
Children: Abigail, Luke
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Boardman
College: Bowling Green, 2001 (B.A., Business Marketing)
Graduate Degree: Bowling Green, 2004 (M.A., Educational Administration and Supervision)


Durkin inside the numbers
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During both of Durkin’s seasons as defensive coordinator at Florida, he saw players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Dominque Easley was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and Dante Fowler Jr. was selected third overall in the 2015 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Three Wolverines (Jabril Peppers, Ryan Glasgow, Jourdan Lewis) have been named semifinalists for national defensive awards in 2015. Peppers was selected as the 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
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Michigan currently ranks fourth in the country in total defense, allowing just 281.3 yards per game. That’s down from allowing 311.0 yards per game before Durkin arrived in Ann Arbor.
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Durkin contributed to seven bowl game appearances in his time as an assistant, including helping Stanford reach its first bowl in eight seasons in 2009.
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Durkin guided Florida to consecutive top-15 national rankings in total defense, including the eighth-best defense in the country in 2013 as the Gators allowed just 314.2 yards per game.
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Durkin contributed to the recruitment of nine five-star prospects on the defensive side of the ball during his five years as an assistant at Florida. A noted recruiter, Durkin helped land four straight top-11 recruiting classes at Florida and was named Rivals.com’s 2012 Recruiter of the Year.
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With Durkin at the helm of the defense in 2015, Michigan saw nine defenders earn All-Big Ten honors at the conclusion of the season. Jabril Peppers and Jourdan Lewis garnered First Team All-Big Ten accolades, the first time the Wolverines placed two defenders on the first team since 1997.
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The Wolverines are allowing just 17.2 points per game in 2015, a mark that ranks 11th in the country, down from 22.4 points per game last season.
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As a player, Durkin started 33 games at defensive end and outside linebacker for Bowling Green from 1997-2000. He led the team in sacks in 1998 and served as a team captain for two seasons. Durkin concluded his playing career with 131 tackles, including 28 for loss.
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Durkin’s Michigan defense has been lights out on third down this season, allowing just 43 conversions (25%), the third-best mark in FBS and tops overall in the Big Ten.
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Durkin has won a total of 94 games as an assistant. He has coached at some of college football’s most historically prestigious programs, including Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Stanford.