Michael Locksley returned home to become the University of Maryland’s 37th head football coach in December 2018. Locksley, a Washington, D.C. native with deep personal and professional connections to the area, brings over 20 years of coaching experience, including two separate stints at Maryland, totalling 10 years with the Terps. The winner of the 2018 Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, Locksley has spent the last three years working under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. He served as the Crimson Tide’s co-offensive coordinator and won a national championship last season before being promoted to offensive coordinator in February of 2018 and helping Alabama return to the College Football Playoff.Locksley, known for strong recruiting skills, 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 has signed 21 four or five star recruits over his coaching career (according to 247sports), 14 of which came from the DMV area, in addition to coaching 92 NFL Draft selections. Among Locksley’s successful signings to Maryland were future NFL stars Vernon Davis, Shawne Merriman, LaMont Jordan, D’Qwell Jackson, EJ Henderson, Yannick Ngakoue and Stefon Diggs.Alabama’s Locksley-led offense is averaging 47.9 points and 527.6 yards per game in 2018. The Tide has already set school records for points scored (623), single-season total offense (6,859 yards) and passing yards (4,231) in a season. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,189 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns in 2018.In 2017, Locksley coached the Alabama wide receivers, who combined to catch 128 passes for 2,059 yards and 19 touchdowns led by First Team All-SEC selection Calvin Ridley. Ridley hauled in 63 passes for 967 yards and five touchdowns in his junior season. Locksley spent the 2016 season on the Crimson Tide’s staff as an offensive analyst. Prior to Alabama, Locksley served as Maryland’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012-15. He was named the Terps interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season.During his time as Maryland’s offensive coordinator, the Terrapins produced balanced and effective results. Locksley’s attack was led by quarterback C.J. Brown, who became Maryland’s all-time leader in touchdowns responsible (58) after totaling 13 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns in 2014. Locksley also mentored wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, who hauled in 62 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns en route to second team All-Big Ten honors. Diggs is now an NFL superstar for the Minnesota Vikings.In 2013, Locksley guided an offense that eclipsed 5,000 yards (5,160) for only the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2003. The passing game excelled that season, totaling 3,231 yards for the third-highest total in school history. Prior to Maryland, Locksley served as the head coach at the University of New Mexico from 2009-11. Before that, Locksley also served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois from 2005-08. The Illini went from No. 72 nationally in total offense in 2005 to 19th following the 2008 season. They led the Big Ten in rushing in 2006 and 2007 and then led the league in passing in 2008. The rushing attack was twice ranked in the top-10 nationally (No. 10 in 2006 and No. 5 in 2007).Under Locksley’s offensive plan, 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.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.Locksley spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons at the University of Florida as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2004, Gators’ running back Ciatrick Fason led the SEC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in rushing (105.6 yards a game) on his way to second-team all-league honors.In his first stint at Maryland from 1997-2002, Locksley enjoyed success both recruiting and grooming players 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.He began his coaching career at Towson in 1992, where he coached defensive backs and special teams, followed by two seasons at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School. He coached outside linebackers at the University of the Pacific in 1995 and then coached wide receivers and tight ends at Army in 1996.Locksley 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. Locksley and his wife, Kia, have four children: Mike Jr., Kai, Kori and the late Meiko.
Alonzo Carter joined the San Jose State University football coaching staff in January 2017 as the running backs coach. Carter comes to the Spartans with much fanfare as a highly successful local community college and high school football head coach and an unparalleled five years in the world of musical entertainment.
The new Spartan assistant has 18 years of head coaching experience. His teams compiled a 129-69-3 win-loss record, won 11 league championships, three California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Oakland Section titles, and six post-season bowl games. He was named a league or conference coach of the year in seven of those seasons.
Before coming to San José State, he was at Contra Costa College for seven seasons. He was named a conference Coach of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and was a California Community College regional Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014. His first football head coaching position was at McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif. McClymonds won four league championships and three Oakland Section titles in eight seasons. Three times (2001, 2005, 2006), he was named the East Bay Coach of the Year. In 2007, Carter took over a floundering Berkeley (Calif.) High program and produced a league championship season in each of his three seasons at the helm.
The 2016 California State University East Bay graduate majored in African American Studies. When the school was known as Cal State Hayward, he was a member of the Pioneers’ football and track and field teams. At Cal State Hayward, he and a group of friends answered an audition call, became backup dancers and rap artists, and toured extensively with iconic hip-hop musician MC Hammer. Carter was awarded a multi-platinum record signifying at least 10 million albums sold for “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em.”
Carter was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He holds coaching certifications from the American Football Coaches Association, the California Interscholastic Federation and the California Community College Athletic Association. Carter was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship program in 2017 with the San Francisco 49ers.
He and his wife, Roezell, are the parents of six children — Alonzo II, Isaiah, Alona, Malikhi, Anthony and Kennedie. The Carter family resides in San Jose, Calif.
Sylvester Croom began his coaching career in the SEC as an assistant at the University of Alabama for 11 seasons, during his time there, Croom participated in 10 bowl games, 2 national championships and coached 4 eventual NFL first-round draft picks. In 2004 he became the first African American head coach in SEC history when he took over as coach of the Mississippi State football program. Croom coached the Bulldogs for five seasons. Croom was named SEC Coach of the Year at the end of the 2007 season.
Croom additionally spent time with a number of NFL teams as the Runnings Backs Coach including Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans. He also worked as the Offensive Coordinator for the Detroit Lions from 1997- 2003.
In 2007, Croom attended a gathering hosted by President George W. Bush in observance of Black History Month. His late father, Sylvester Croom Sr. has been recognized by the University of Alabama, where he served as the team chaplain, as one of the 40 pioneers of civil rights in the state.
Ted Gilmore is in his fifth season as wide receivers coach at Wisconsin in 2019, his third year with the title of Offensive Pass Game Coordinator.
A veteran of the college and NFL coaching ranks, Gilmore’s experience has been evident in his work building one of the Badgers’ most promising position groups. His efforts have helped Wisconsin post a 42-12 record over his first four seasons in Madison, a run that includes wins in the Holiday, Cotton, Orange and Pinstripe bowls to go along with a pair of Big Ten West Division championships.
Under Gilmore’s tutelage, A.J. Taylor recorded 1,049 receiving yards and averaged 16 yards per catch during his first three seasons of action, while Danny Davis scored 10 touchdowns across his first two years.
In 2017, Gilmore oversaw the development of four receivers who emerged as consistent threats for Wisconsin’s passing attack. Sophomores Quintez Cephus and Taylor were joined in the receiver rotation by freshmen Davis and Pryor to give the Badgers an impressive quartet on the outside.
Their impact was on display as the Badgers wrapped up a program-best 13-1 season with a 34-24 win over Miami in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Davis concluded his true freshman campaign by catching a UW bowl game-record three touchdown passes, while Taylor logged eight receptions for a career-high 105 yards and a TD.
Cephus led the Badgers with six touchdown grabs and averaged a team-best 16.7 yards per reception, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention despite being sidelined by injury for the season’s final five games. Davis and Taylor pulled in five touchdown catches apiece, and both averaged better than 15 yards per reception.
In his first season at UW, Gilmore mentored senior WR Alex Erickson to first-team All-Big Ten honors for a season in which he caught 77 passes for 978 yards. Gilmore also guided the emergence of receivers Rob Wheelwright and Jazz Peavy.Peavy went on to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten laurels as a junior in 2016, leading the Badgers with 635 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. Wheelwright enjoyed a strong senior campaign, logging 448 receiving yards and a touchdown, before being selected for the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and earning a free agent deal with the New York Giants.Gilmore came to Madison after spending the previous three seasons coaching wide receivers for the Oakland Raiders.Before moving to the NFL, Gilmore spent 18 years in the college ranks. He coached at USC in 2011 and was named FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year for helping to mold one of the top receiving corps in the country, led by 2011 Biletnikoff Award finalist and consensus All-American Robert Woods and 2011 Freshman All-American Marqise Lee. Both went on to be selected in the NFL draft.
Prior to that, Gilmore spent six seasons as the wide receivers coach at Nebraska, adding the title of assistant head coach in his final three seasons while also serving as the Huskers’ recruiting coordinator.
Gilmore also coached wide receivers at Colorado (2003-04), Purdue (2001-02) and Houston (2000). He was the tight ends coach at Kansas in 1999 and coached wide receivers at his alma mater, Wyoming, the previous two seasons.In 2003, while at Colorado, Gilmore coached D.J. Hackett, who set the Buffaloes’ single-season receptions record (78), earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was drafted in the fifth round by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
At Purdue, Gilmore mentored future NFL players Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford. Stubblefield went on to become a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2004 while setting the NCAA career receptions record with 316.A native of Wichita, Kansas, Gilmore entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wyoming, under head coach Joe Tiller from 1994-96. During that time, Marcus Harris, the 1996 Biletnikoff Award winner who was a two-time first-team All-American (1995-96) and three-time All-Western Athletic Conference first teamer, set NCAA records for most career receiving yards (4,518 yards) and consecutive seasons with 1,400 receiving yards (3) and twice led the nation (1994 and 1996) in receiving yards per game before being chosen in the seventh round by the Detroit Lions.
After beginning his playing career by spending two years as a receiver at Butler Community College, Gilmore lettered at Wyoming from 1988-89. He caught 40 passes for a team-best 594 yards and three touchdowns as a junior to help the Cowboys to the 1988 Holiday Bowl and he added 32 receptions for 445 yards and two TDs as a senior to earn All-WAC second team honors.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wyoming in 1991.
Raj Kudchadkar has been an advocate for equity and inclusion his entire professional career – in schools, in the workplace, and in communities. He began his career at the Resurrection Project, a grassroots advocacy organization serving disenfranchised communities on the southside of Chicago. In this role, Raj served as an advocate for affordable housing and quality education. He then transitioned to Communities in Schools, where he advised schools in the Cabrini-Green section of Chicago on securing critical state and local resources.
In law school, Raj served as an editor of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law. He was also awarded an Equal Justice Fellowship to conduct legal research and published a report with leading legal scholars on ending discrimination of women in the workforce. Raj was also awarded a Marshall-Brennan Fellowship, through which he taught U.S. history and constitutional literacy in Washington D.C. at Joel Elias Spingarn High School. He subsequently served on the Howard County Commission for Women for 8 years promoting the economic, social, and political equality of women in the workforce.
After practicing civil rights and disability rights law, Raj then went on to serve as the executive director of the Base Business Initiative (BBI). The primary objective of this business development program was to help minority businesses navigate the defense contracting environment at the Army’s 2nd largest installation, Fort George G. Meade. In less than two years, Raj helped increase the membership in the program from 20 minority-owned businesses to over 2,000 businesses in the Mid-Atlantic Region. For Raj’s work with the BBI, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce inducted him into its 2011 Hall of Fame as “Government Advocate of the Year.” The Maryland Economic Development Association also recognized the BBI in 2014 as the “Best Economic Development Program” in the state.
Raj was then appointed Deputy Director of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning. In his nearly three-year tenure, Raj had oversight over affordable housing, revitalization of impoverished communities, and securing $127 million in tax-increment financing for new infrastructure in developing communities.
Raj has also served as President and CEO of the Central Maryland Chamber (CMC) – the only regional chamber of commerce in Maryland supporting the growth of nearly 500 hundred businesses. He helped form the CMC through leading a merger between the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.
Most recently, Raj served as Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE), a nonprofit dedicated to equity and inclusion in education. He primarily focused on growth opportunities to help MCIE expand its principal services and products promoting inclusion.
Raj received a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College, a joint M.A. in Public Policy and Education from Columbia University, and a J.D. from American University. Raj is married to Sapna Kudchadkar, a physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine. They have two children and reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Ruffin McNeill currently serves as the special assistant to the head coach at NC State. McNeill spent the past four decades coaching all over the country, including a head coach position at ECU from 2010 to 2015. In 2013, the team posted the second-most wins in school history.
Prior to this, he served as the assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach at the University of Oklahoma. He also worked as assistant head coach and defensive line coach at the University of Virginia. McNeill served as the interim head coach to the Texas Tech Raider, following stints as the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and linebackers coach. During this time, he led the team to a victory in the 2010 Alamo Bowl. On the defensive side of the ball, McNeill improved Tech to first in pass and total defense and fourth in scoring defense in the Big 12.
A four-year letterwinner at ECU (1976-80), McNeill was a three-year starter and two-time team captain under legendary head coach Pat Dye. He helped lead ECU to the Southern Conference Championship in 1976 and an Independence Bowl berth in 1978.He graduated from ECU in 1980 after majoring in education with a focus in special education. He later earned his master’s degree in secondary counseling from Clemson.McNeill and his wife, Erlene, have two daughters and a granddaughter. Renata McNeill Petrekin resides in Coral Springs, Fla., with her daughter Isabella, while Olivia McNeill is a social justice educator at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
Ed Marynowitz returned to The University of Alabama as the Crimson Tide’s associate athletics director for football in June of 2016. In his new role, Marynowitz will work with the Crimson Tide’s player personnel department and football operations while assisting with athletic administration.
Marynowitz served as the Philadelphia Eagles’ vice president of player personnel in 2015. In that role he oversaw the Eagles player personnel department, ran their pro and college scouting office and handled the preparation for the NFL Draft and free agency. Marynowitz joined Philadelphia in 2012 as the team’s assistant director of pro scouting and was later elevated to assistant director of player personnel.
Marynowitz originally joined the Alabama staff in December of 2008 as the director of player personnel. During his tenure with the Crimson Tide, Marynowitz was instrumental in helping construct three No. 1 recruiting classes with all four classes ranking in the top five nationally. The recruiting classes during his tenure produced nine players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and Alabama posted a 36-4 record during his three seasons in Tuscaloosa.
With the Dolphins, Marynowitz worked under general manager Jeff Ireland and executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells. He worked in both the pro and college scouting departments where he assisted with the advance scouting of opponents, evaluation of both draft eligible college prospects and NFL free-agents, the execution of free-agent workouts, the monitoring of daily league transactions, and the maintenance of Miami’s scouting databases.
Marynowitz spent two years on staff at the University of Central Florida under George O’Leary. He served as a graduate assistant during the 2006 season, working primarily with football operations before joining the staff on a full-time basis for the 2007 season as the Knights’ recruiting administrator. In that role for UCF, Marynowitz directed the on-campus recruiting efforts in addition to assisting with day-to-day operations of the program.
He began his collegiate playing career as a two-year starter at La Salle University in Philadelphia where he threw for 4,896 yards and 24 touchdowns as a freshman and sophomore. Marynowitz earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2003 as a sophomore and held a number of the school’s passing records when he left La Salle. He finished his playing career at UCF as a reserve quarterback on the 2005 Hawaii Bowl team.
Marynowitz completed his bachelor of arts degree in business management in the spring of 2006 at the University of Central Florida. He finished his master’s in business administration in December of 2007 and then a second master’s degree in sports business management from UCF’s DeVos Sport Business Management Program in May of 2008.He is married to the former Codie Davis and the couple has two children, Ward and Whit.
Larry Scott was named the Head Coach of the Howard University Football program in February of 2020. With 14 years of collegiate coaching experience that includes 10 post-season bowl/playoff game appearances and six wins.
The Sebring, Fla., native has spent a majority of his coaching career in the state of Florida, where he attended (1997-99) and coached (2006-12) at USF as well as Miami (2013-15) and most recently Florida (2018-2020). Prior to joining the Florida coaching staff Scott was the TE coach at the University of Tennessee (2016-17).
During his time in Coral Gables, Scott served as the Hurricanes’ tight ends coach for two-plus seasons (2013-15) prior to being named their interim head coach for the final six games of 2015. As Miami’s interim coach, Scott led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 mark and a berth in the Sun Bowl.
Scott joined the USF staff in 2005 as Director of High School Relations. During his time at USF, Scott coached the offensive line, tight ends and running backs as well as serving as a lead recruiter. Scott helped lead the Bulls to their best recruiting class in program history in 2008 only to surpass that class with the nation’s No. 21 ranked class in 2009. He also helped USF reach its fifth straight eight win season in 2008. There were only 15 programs nationally to accomplish this.
Scott’s coaching career began in the high school ranks as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Tampa’s Wharton High School for four months (May-August) in 2001. From there, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from for three seasons (2001-03) at Freedom High School before returning to his alma mater, Sebring High School, in 2004 as the co-offensive coordinator.
Brian Stewart serves as Baylor’s cornerbacks coach. He joined the BU staff in January 2020. Stewart most recently coached the defensive backs with the Detroit Lions from 2018-19. Stewart joined the Lions coaching staff in 2018 with an extensive background on the defensive side of the football, primarily in the secondary. Before returning to the NFL, Stewart spent eight consecutive years in the collegiate ranks (2010-17). Prior to Detroit, he most recently served as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Rice University in 2017. Prior to Rice, Stewart coached at the University of Nebraska for two seasons (2015-16), working with the team’s defensive backs. He joined the Cornhuskers staff after spending three seasons at the University of Maryland (2012-14) where he served as the team’s defensive coordinator. In his three seasons at Maryland, Stewart’s defense tallied more than 30 sacks in two separate seasons, along with helping lead the Terrapins to a pair of bowl appearances. In Stewart’s first year at Maryland in 2012, his defense finished in the top three in the ACC in total defense (21st nationally), rushing defense and pass defense. After working as a defensive assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, Stewart returned to the college ranks for the first time in eight years, after being named defensive coordinator at the University of Houston. During his tenure (2010-11), the Cougars finished with a 13-1 record and No. 14 ranking in 2011. Additionally, Houston ranked in the top 15 nationally in red zone scoring, interceptions, tackles for loss, takeaways and opponent completion percentage in 2011. Prior to Houston, Stewart spent eight years in the NFL, including a two-year stint (2007-08) as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. During his time in Dallas, Stewart’s defense finished in the top 10 in fewest yards allowed in each of his two seasons, respectively, marked by a 13-3 record and NFC East divisional title in 2007. Stewart also served as the defensive backs coach with the San Diego Chargers (2004-06). He earned his start as an NFL coach when he served on the Houston Texans coaching staff in the team’s first two seasons as an expansion club (2002-03). He began his coaching career at Cal Poly where he coached wide receivers and running backs from 1992-93. His background as a collegiate coach also includes stints at Missouri (1999-2000), San Jose State (1997-98), Syracuse (2001) and Northern Arizona (1994-95). A California native, Stewart played defensive back collegiately at Santa Monica City College and Northern Arizona. Stewart graduated from Northern Arizona in 1995 with a degree in criminal justice. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three daughters, Leila, Mya and Zara.
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