Maryland assistant coaches met with the media Wednesday afternoon
In year two under coordinators Mike Locklsey and Brian Stewart, Terps ready to cap off spring practice
Maryland returns seven starters on offense and five on defense
Maryland opens spring practice on Saturday, March 2
Maryland plays host to Georgia Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Mike Locksley is in his seventh overall season with Maryland, including first as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
A native of Washington, D.C., Locksley returned home after the 2011 season. He was an assistant coach at Maryland for six seasons (1997-02).
A veteran coach with over 20 years of experience, Locksley most recently spent four seasons (2005-08) as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the University of Illinois and two-plus years (2009-11) as head coach at the University of New Mexico.
He possesses a well-rounded coaching resume, having tutored every offensive or defensive position except offensive line.
Locksley is also known for strong recruiting skills. He was listed as a top-25 recruiter in the nation three different times (2003, 2005, 2006) and was a finalist for 2007 recruiter of the year by Rivals.com. He also engineered top 10 recruiting classes during each of his two seasons (2003-04) as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida.
Locksley's first stint as an offensive coordinator was quite a success. He took over an Illinois offense which was ranked No. 86 nationally in total offense (338.1 yards per game) and gradually improved it to a top 20 unit.
The Illini went from No. 72 nationally in total offense (354.6 ypg) in 2005 to No. 19 (438.3 ypg) in 2008. They led the Big Ten in rushing in 2006 (188.8 ypg) and 2007 (256.7 ypg), and in passing (269.3 ypg) in 2008. The rushing attack was twice ranked in the top 10 nationally (No. 10 in 2006; No. 5 in 2007).
Locksley also cultivated a number of players at Illinois under head coach Ron Zook.
Quarterback Juice Williams passed for more than 6,000 yards and rushed for over 2,000 in his three years under Locksley and was a 2008 All-Big Ten choice. Williams set school records for rushing yards by a quarterback and single-season total offense. Williams led the Big Ten in passing (3,173 yards) and total offense (3,892 yards) in 2008 and was third in passing efficiency (136.15 rating).
Wide receiver Arrelious Benn was a first team all-conference pick as a sophomore in 2008 after leading the league in receiving yards (1,055). He went on to become a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 2007 Illinois offense became just the third unit in school history to surpass the 5,000-yard mark and first to top 3,000 rushing yards. Led by Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Rashard Mendenhall, the Illini led the league in rushing for the second straight year and finished fifth nationally at 256.7 yards a game.
Mendenhall, who averaged 129 rushing yards, was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Illinois played USC in the 2008 Rose Bowl and finished the season ranked 18th in the nation in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and 20th by the Associated Press following a 9-4 season.
In 2006, Locksley led an Illinois offense that paced the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the nation in rushing, averaging 188.8 yards. He tutored versatile running back Pierre Thomas, a two-time honorable mention all-league pick, who wrapped up his career as the No. 6 all-time rusher at Illinois and has gone on to star with the New Orleans Saints.
Locksley helped put the players in place to aid in Illinois' resurgence. He was named the No. 5 recruiter in the Big Ten and ranked among the top 20 in the nation by Sports Illustrated. In 2005, Rivals.com named him a top-25 recruiter.
Prior to his arrival at Illinois, Locksley worked two seasons for Zook at Florida, serving as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Both of those seasons ended with bowl-game appearances.
In 2004, Gators' running back Ciatrick Fason led the SEC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in rushing (105.6 yards a game) en route to second-team all-league honors.
That season, Florida finished first in the SEC in both passing yards (271 per game) and total offense (426.9 ypg) and was second in scoring (31.8 points per game).
The year prior, three Gator rushers logged more than 500 rushing yards and each averaged at least 5.5 yards per carry.
Locksley had success both recruiting and grooming players in his first stint in College Park. He oversaw the running backs during his entire tenure, including the final five as recruiting coordinator.
Three different running backs - Chris Downs, Bruce Perry and Lamont Jordan - gained more than 1,000 yards and were named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jordan spearheaded a 1999 rushing attack that led the ACC (234.1 ypg) and ranked 12th in the nation. Jordan was the runner-up for 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year and finished as a Doak Walker semifinalist. He went to be selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft and totaled more than 3,700 yards for four teams in a nine-year professional career.
Perry was the 2001 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a first for a Maryland running back, and the first sophomore to win the award. Both Perry and Jordan earned All-America honors under Locksley's watch.
Locksley, 42, played safety at Towson University, where he was the team's defensive MVP as a senior in 1991. He finished his career ranked 19th on the school's all-time tackles list and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing.
He got his coaching career started the following year at Towson, overseeing the defensive backs coach and special teams unit. He went on to coach at the U.S. Naval Prep School (1993-94), Pacific (1995) and Army (1996).
He helped Army reach the 1996 Independence Bowl and has coached in five other postseason games.
Locksley and his wife, Kia, have four children: three sons (Mike, Jr., Meiko and Kai) and one daughter (Kori).
The Locksley File
PersonalDate of Birth: Dec. 25, 1969
Hometown: Washington, D.C..
Alma Mater: Towson 1992
2012-Present: Assistant Coach- Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2009-11: Head Coach
2006-08: Assistant Coach- Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2005: Assistant Coach- Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
2003-04: Assistant Coach- Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
1998-02: Assistant Coach- Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
1997: Assistant Coach- Running Backs
1996: Assistant Coach- Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
1995: Assistant Coach- Outside Linebackers
U.S. Naval Prep School
1994: Assistant Coach- Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
1993: Assistant Coach- Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
1992: Assistant Coach- Defensive Backs/Special Teams
1989-91: Defensive Back