Jan. 7, 1997
Vanderlinden Adds Three More Assistants; Johnson Named Offensive Coordinator
COLLEGE PARK, Md.- University of Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden has added Craig Johnson, Steve Greatwood and Terry Malone to his coaching staff. Vanderlinden appointed Johnson as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Greatwood as the offensive line coach and Malone as the tight ends coach.
Johnson follows Vanderlinden to College Park from Northwestern. He tutored the Wildcat quarterbacks for five seasons. Under Johnsonis 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. VMI's 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.
Greatwood comes to Maryland 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.
He became Oregon's offensive line coach in 1982 after serving as graduate assistant for two years. 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.
Malone served as Boston College's offensive line coach in 1996. 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.
Vanderlinden has now filled seven of nine assistant positions.