Jan. 14, 1997
Vanderlinden's Staff Loaded With Experience
A lightning bolt of enthusiasm struck College Park on Dec. 4 when Athletic Director Debbie Yow named Ron Vanderlinden as the Terps' new head football coach.
Vanderlinden comes to College Park from Northwestern where he served as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator since 1992. The Wildcats were Big 10 Champions and Rose Bowl participants in 1996 and Big Ten Co-Champs and participants in the Citrus Bowl in 1997.
Under his leadership, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald was named two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the year and All-American. Northwestern finished first in the nation in scoring defense in 1995 (12.7) and third in turnover margin (+1.82). He also coached the inside linebackers and the punt return unit which finished first in the nation in 1992, fourth in 1993 and ninth in 1995.
"Vandy" served as Colorado's defensive line coach for nine years prior to joining the NU staff. He was also the recruiting coordinator from 1985-86. While there he coached three All-Americans and five first team All-Big 8 players. Colorado won the 1990 national championship, three Big 8 titles and played in six bowls.
He was the offensive line coach at Ball State from 1981-82. After graduating from Albion College in 1978, he was a graduate assistant at Michigan (1979-80) and Bowling Green (1978). He was a two-sport star at Albion in football and baseball. He was voted first-team all-conference his final two seasons on the gridiron and started all four years.
Ron, 40, and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter Chelsea (9) and son Reid (6).
Vanderlinden's Bowl History
1997 Citrus Bowl 1996 Rose Bowl 1991 Blockbuster Bowl 1990 Orange Bowl (National Champions) 1989 Orange Bowl 1988 Freedom Bowl 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl 1985 Freedom Bowl 1980 Rose Bowl 1979 Gator Bowl
Vanderlinden's Coaching History
Northwestern '92-96 -- Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Colorado '83-91 -- Defensive Line Ball State '81-82 -- Offensive Line Michigan '79-80 -- GA Bowling Green '78 -- GA
Vanderlinden's Coaching Staff has participated in 28 Bowls and three Superbowls:
1997 Citrus Bowl 1996 Rose Bowl 1995 Rose Bowl 1994 Liberty Bowl 1993 Independence Bowl 1992 Las Vegas Bowl Holiday Bowl 1991 Blockbuster Bowl California Bowl 1990 Orange Bowl (National Champions) Freedom Bowl 1989 Orange Bowl Independence Bowl 1988 Superbowl XXII Freedom Bowl 1987 Superbowl XXI 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl 1985 Freedom Bowl 1983 Peach Bowl 1980 Rose Bowl 1979 Gator Bowl 1978 Superbowl XI
Craig Johnson- Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
Craig Johnson follows Vanderlinden from Northwestern to serve as the Terps' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He tutored the Wildcat quarterbacks for five seasons. Under Johnson's instruction, NU's Steve Schur led the Big Ten in pass efficiency in 1996. Johnson helped take the Wildcats to the 1997 Citrus Bowl and the 1996 Rose Bowl. He also led Army to the 1985 Peach Bowl and Arkansas to the 1984 Liberty Bowl
He served as Virginia Military Institute's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three years prior to moving on to Northwestern. The VMI offense was ranked fifth nationally in 1990 and No. 1 in rushing for all I-AA schools in 1991. VMI's quarterback Tony Scales finished as the second-leading rusher among quarterbacks in Div. I-AA history.
Johnson coached Rutgers' running backs from 1986-88. He was a part-time assistant at Army in 1985, coaching the likes of All-America Doug Black. He broke into the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin, his alma mater, in 1983. He served Arkansas in the same fashion in 1984.
He was a three-year letterman and two-year starting quarterback for Wyoming.
Johnson and his wife, Darlene, have two daughters, Shelby Marie (6) and Sydney (4).
Johnson's Bowl History
1997 Citrus Bowl 1996 Rose Bowl 1985 Peach Bowl 1984 Liberty Bowl
Johnson's Coaching History
Northwestern '92-96 -- Quarterbacks VMI '89-91 -- Off. Coor./Quarterbacks Rutgers '86-88 -- Running Backs Army '85 -- Running Backs Arkansas '84 -- GA Wyoming '83 -- GA
Rubin Carter- Interior Defensive Line
Rubin Carter joins the Maryland coaching staff after having served as the defensive line coach at San Jose State University the last two seasons. He was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the Bison from 1989 through 1993 prior to San Jose State.
Carter played for the NFL's Denver Broncos from 1975 through 1986 and participated in Superbowls XII and XXI as a nose guard and Superbowl XXII as an assistant defensive line coach. He also coached Howard's defensive end Jose White, who signed with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.
Rubin, 42, has a son, Andre and daughter Diandra.
Carter's Superbowl History
Carter's Coaching History
San Jose State '95-96 -- Defensive Line Howard U. '89-93 -- Def. Coor./Def. line Denver Broncos '87-89 -- Asst. Def. Line
Chris Cosh- Outside Linebackers
Chris Cosh was the first coach to join Vanderlinden's staff and one of two Illinois assistants lured to Maryland. The former Washington D.C. Metro High School Player of the Year from Bishop McNamara accompanies Sean Payton from the Illini staff.
Cosh served as Illinois' defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach last year and assistant head coach in 1995. He began his tenure at Illinois as the inside linebackers coach in 1992, molding Butkus Award winner Dana Howard in 1994.
He's a veteran of three bowls as well, coaching in the 1994 Liberty Bowl, 1992 Holiday Bowl and 1983 Peach Bowl.
Prior to his time in Champagne, he was an assistant coach at Minnesota (1991) and Nevada-Las Vegas (1990), defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State (1989) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1985-88). He broke into the coaching profession as a graduate assistant under Lou Tepper at Virginia Tech in 1983.
Cosh also played for Tepper as a linebacker at Virginia Tech, leading the team in tackles as a junior. A reoccurring neck injury ended his playing career, but his transition into coaching was a smooth one.
After he graduated from Virginia Tech, Cosh returned to Bishop McNamara and led his alma mater to the Metro Conference title and a 10-1 record.
Cosh, 36, and his wife, Mary, have two sons, J.J. and Billy.
Cosh's Bowl History
1994 Liberty Bowl 1992 Holiday Bowl 1983 Peach Bowl
Cosh's Coaching History
Illinois '96 -- Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers Illinois '92-95 -- Asst. Head Coach ('95)/Inside Linebackers Minnesota '91 -- Assistant Coach UNLV '90 -- Assistant Coach SE Missouri St. '89 -- Defensive Coordinator Wisc.-Oshkosh '85-88 Minnesota '84 -- Graduate Assistant Virginia Tech '83 -- Graduate Assistant
Steve Greatwood- Offensive Line
Steve Greatwood comes to College Park after serving as the St. Louis Rams' offensive line coach the last two seasons. Greatwood was also a coach or player at the University of Oregon for 19 years.
Greatwood became Oregon's offensive line coach in 1982 after serving as graduate assistant two years prior. He coached the Ducks to four bowl appearances, including the 1995 Rose Bowl. Oregon also qualified for the 1992 Independence Bowl, the 1990 Freedom Bowl and the 1989 Independence Bowl.
He coached four players who played in the NFL, including Minnesota's Gary Zimmerman. As a player, he lettered at guard for Oregon from 1977 to 79 and participated in the Hula Bowl his senior year.
Greatwood, 38, and his wife Sheri, have three daughters, Kallie, 13 and twins Tesa and Emmy, 8.
Greatwood's Bowl History
1995 Rose Bowl 1993 Independence Bowl 1990 Freedom Bowl 1989 Independence Bowl
Greatwood's Coaching History
St. Louis Rams '95-96 -- Offensive Line, Tight Ends Oregon '82-94 -- Offensive Line Oregon '80-81 -- GA
Doug Mallory- Defensive Backs
Doug Mallory, son of former Indiana head coach Bill Mallory, was the defensive backfield and punters coach for the Hoosiers the past three years. He inherits a Maryland squad that must replace for senior starters.
He coached at Western Kentucky from 1990 through 1993 prior to his time in Bloomington.
He served as the Hilltoppers' defensive coordinator his last two seasons and as defensive backs coach all four years. He led Western Kentucky's defense to an 18th-place finish in 1993.
Mallory broke into the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Indiana in 1988. He also spent one season as an assistant coach with the U.S. Military Academy as assistant coach in 1989.
As a player, he was an honorable mention All-American at strong safety for Michingan. He played in four major bowls as a Wolverine and was a member of Michingan's 1986 Big Ten Co-Championship team. As a senior co-captain, he earned second team All-Big Ten honors.
A 1988 graduate of Michigan with a degree in sports management and communicaitons, Mallory and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Emily and Allison.
Mallory's Bowl History
1987 Hall of Fame 1986 Rose 1985 Fiesta 1984 Holiday
Mallory's Coaching History
Indiana '96 - Defensive Backs, Special Teams Western Kentucky '90-93 - Def. Coor./DB's/Special Teams/Inside Linebackers U.S. Military Academy '89 - Offensive Line Indiana '88 - GA
Terry Malone- Tight Ends
Terry Malone served as Boston College's offensive line coach in 1996 before joining the Maryland staff. Prior to his tenure with the Eagles, he led a powerful Bowling Green offense for ten years.
While at Bowling Green, the Falcons broke or tied 56 school or MAC records, including most points scored in a season. He served as Bowling Green's offensive coordinator, offensive tackles coach, tight ends coach, guards coach and centers coach. He led the Falcons to the 1992 Las Vegas Bowl Championship and the 1991 California Bowl Championship.
He entered the coaching profession in 1983 as a graduate assistant at Arizona State. He worked with the Sun Devils' offensive line for two years before returning to Holy Cross, his alma mater, for one year (1985). His ten-year stint at Bowling Green began in 1986.
Malone was a four-year starter at tight end for Holy Cross and served as captain in 1982.
Malone, 36, and his wife, Ann, have three children, Kara (5), Patrick (4) and Ryan (2).
Malone's Bowl History
1992 Las Vegas Bowl 1991 California Bowl
Malone's Coaching History
Boston College '96 -- Offensive Line Bowling Green '86-95 -- Off. Coor./Tackles/Tight Ends/Guards/Centers Holy Cross '85 Arizona State '83-84 -- GA
Sean Payton- Wide Receivers or Running Backs
Payton is the second former Illinois coach to become a member of the Terrapin staff, joining Chris Cosh. Payton served as quarterbacks coach last season at Illinois after a two-year stint in the same role at Miami (Ohio). Miami handed Vanderlinden's Wildcats their only Big Ten defeat in 1995.
He coached All-WAC quarterback Tim Gutierrez to a national seventh-place finish in passing in 1993. Payton coached Heisman Trophy runner-up Marshall Faulk at San Diego State in 1992. He also coached quarterbacks in 1990 and receivers in 1991 while at Indiana State.
Payton, 32, and his wife, Beth, are expecting their first child.
Payton's Coaching History
Illinois '96 -- Quarterbacks Miami (Ohio) '94-95 -- Quarterbacks San Diego St. '92-93 -- Running Backs, Quarterbacks Indiana St. '90-91 -- Quarterbacks, Indiana State San Diego St. '88-89 -- GA