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Maryland Football HC Mike Locksley Announces Six Coaching Hires

January 17, 2019
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland head coach Michael Locksley has announced that Scottie Montgomery, John Papuchis, John Reagan, Cory Robinson, Elijah Brooks and Mike Miller have joined the Terrapin football coaching staff.

Montgomery will serve as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Papuchis will take over as special teams coordinator, Reagan will coach the offensive line, Robinson will be the defensive passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach, Brooks will coach the running backs and Miller will serve as tight ends coach.

"I'm thrilled to announce this initial group of coaching hires," said Locksley. "Our coaching staff is vital as we build our Maryland football family. Each coach has an excellent football mind and more importantly, pride themselves on the mentorship and development they provide to our student-athletes. The varying range of experience these coaches bring, along with several having local ties, will be a major benefit to our program."

Montgomery joins the Terps staff after serving as head coach at East Carolina University for the past three years. He's also played an integral role leading Duke University and the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers to divisional championships and postseason play.

Montgomery had an instant impact once taking over at East Carolina. He directed the Pirates to their second-highest single-season passing attack in school history during the 2016 campaign, averaging 334.7 air yards per game. Additionally, ECU generated 5,605 yards of offense (467.1 ypg), which stood as the fourth-highest seasonal total in the program's record books.

The Pirates ranked among the nation's Top 25 in 11 different statistical categories in 2016, including boasting the country's sixth best passing offense. In 2017, ECU's passing game once again turned in impressive numbers by averaging 317.9 yards per game, ranking as the 12th best passing attack in the country.

Prior to ECU, Montgomery was the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Duke from 2014-15 and the wide receivers coach for the Steelers from 2010-12. He also had stints as Duke's Wide Receivers coach from 2006-09 and in 2013.

Papuchis, a former defensive coordinator at both Nebraska and North Carolina, is a Gaithersburg, Maryland native who graduated from Quince Orchard High School. He arrives at Maryland after spending the last four seasons at North Carolina. After coaching linebackers for two seasons, Papuchis was promoted to the Tar Heels defensive coordinator in 2017. 

In his first season as defensive coordinator in 2017, Papuchis had a pair of defensive standouts selected in the NFL Draft in M.J. Stewart (second round, Tampa Bay) and Andre Smith (seventh, Carolina). In 2016, Carolina's defense led the ACC and was 12th in the country in passing yards allowed. The Tar Heels allowed the fewest touchdown passes in the ACC and allowed the fewest touchdown receptions by wide receivers in the country.

Before coming to Carolina, Papuchis served on Nebraska's staff from 2008-14, including the last three as the Huskers' defensive coordinator. Papuchis was the fourth-youngest defensive coordinator in the country and the youngest solo defensive coordinator when he was promoted to the position at Nebraska in 2012.

In the past 12 seasons, Papuchis has coached in one national championship game (2007 - LSU) and six conference title games.

Reagan comes to College Park with 25 years of coaching experience. At his last three stops - Penn (2015-18), Kansas (2014) and Rice (2011-13) – he served as the offensive coordinator.

Reagan was at the forefront of a resurgent offensive attack at Penn, guiding the Red and Blue's offense to record-setting heights and a pair of Ivy League championships. In 2017, Penn's total offense ranked No. 31 in the nation, averaging 413.9 yards per game. Regan's offense was dangerous on the ground, featuring two All-Ivy running backs and the nation's No. 20 rushing attack (199.5 yards per game).

Reagan spent the 2014 season as offensive coordinator at Kansas and the previous four years at Rice, including the last three as offensive coordinator. In his three seasons at the helm of the Owls offense, Reagan led two of the three most productive offensive seasons in school history, which included a win in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl, a 2013 Conference USA championship, and an appearance in the 2013 Liberty Bowl.

Robinson returns to Maryland after serving as the Terps director of player personnel in 2015. After his first stint in College Park, Robinson coached cornerbacks at Toledo (2016) and Temple (2017) before spending last season at Rutgers as the cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator.

Robinson helped guide Temple to a first-place American Athletic Conference ranking in passing defense as the Owls allowed only 206.8 yards per game through the air during his lone season on the sideline.

Prior to his stint at Temple, Robinson served as cornerbacks coach at Toledo during the 2016 season. The Rockets went 9-3 and finished runner up for the MAC conference title. While at Toledo, the pass defense limited opponents to 220.0 passing yards per game.

Robinson, a Baltimore native, began his coaching career in the high school ranks with stops at Calvert Hall College (2009-13) and St. Frances Academy (2014).

Brooks has spent the last eight seasons molding some of the nation's best players for future success in the collegiate and professional ranks as the head coach of local powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School.

Current Terps Anthony McFarland Jr., Lorenzo Harrison III, Terrance Davis, Tino Ellis, Austin Fontaine, Evan Gregory, Marcus Minor, Oluwaseun Oluwatimi, Chris Jones and DJ Turner were all coached by Brooks at DeMatha.

Under Brooks, a number of Stags have gone on to see NFL success, including linebacker Cameron Wake, safety Rodney McLeoud and offensive linemen Arie and Cyrus Kouandijo. 

As head coach at DeMatha, Brooks won four consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championships from 2014-17, posting a 72-20 record during the span. Before his stint as head coach, Brooks served as the running backs coach from 2007-11.

Miller spent the past two seasons as Locksley's offensive graduate assistant at Alabama. He worked primarily with the Crimson Tide quarterbacks and wide receivers.

In 2018, Alabama's offense set school records for points scored (684), single-season total offense (7,830 yards) and passing yards (4,854) in a season. 

Miller, who served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Charlotte Christian (N.C.) High School in 2016, worked as a student assistant coach at Clemson when the Tigers reached the national title game during the 2015 season. 

Miller was a quarterback at the University of Alabama-Birmingham during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Locksley also officially announced members of his support staff. Lloyd Richards, Jr. has joined the Terps as the Director of Football Operations and Will Christopherson has been named Director of Player Personnel. 

-- Maryland Athletics press release

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