COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland head coach Michael Locksley has finalized his coaching staff and their roles heading into the 2019 season.
In addition to the
six hires announced in January
, Locksley has added Jon Hoke as defensive coordinator/safeties coach, Joker Phillips as co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach, Delbert Cowsette as defensive line coach and Brian Williams as outside linebackers coach.
Locksley also announced that special teams coordinator John Papuchis will coach inside linebackers and defensive passing game coordinator Cory Robinson will serve as cornerbacks coach.
Hoke comes to College Park with countless years of professional and collegiate coaching experience, spending 16 years on defensive staffs in the NFL and 21 years in college football. For the past three years, Hoke served as the defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he oversaw the secondary.
Hoke joined Tampa Bay after spending 2015 as the South Carolina co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach. Before returning to the college ranks, Hoke spent six seasons on the Chicago Bears' coaching staff (2009-14), working as the teams' defensive backs coach. Under Hoke's tutelage, cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman earned four Pro Bowl selections, with Tillman being named first-team All-Pro (2012) and Jennings being named second-team All-Pro (2012). During Hoke's six seasons, Chicago tied for the fourth-most interceptions in the NFL (111) and led the NFL in interceptions returned for touchdowns, with 20.
Prior to his time in Chicago, Hoke worked as the Houston Texans' defensive backs coach for seven seasons (2002-08) and spent three seasons (1999-2001) at Florida as the Gators' defensive coordinator/secondary coach, adding the title of assistant head coach in his final two years. In his last season with the Gators, Florida's defense ranked first in the SEC in total defense, scoring defense, and pass efficiency defense, and was second in rushing defense.
Phillips, a 30-year veteran of the collegiate and NFL ranks, has extensive experience coaching receivers, with stops at Kentucky, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Florida and in the NFL.
Phillips spent the past two seasons coaching receivers at Cincinnati. Just two years after joining the Cincinnati staff for the second time, Phillips helped the Bearcats to an 11-2 record and a win against Virginia Tech in the 2018 Military Bowl.
Phillips spent the 2015 season as the wide receiver's coach for the Cleveland Browns and has developed 11 wide receivers into NFL draft picks, including Troy Williamson (first round), Randall Cobb (second round), Steve Johnson (seventh round) and David Givens (seventh round).
He served as the wide receivers' coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida in 2013 following three seasons (2010-12) as the head coach at Kentucky. Phillips has also had stints at Minnesota (1999-2000), Notre Dame (2001) and South Carolina (2002).
Cowsette, a former Maryland standout and All-ACC performer for the Terrapins, returns to his alma mater to coach the defensive line. Cowsette, who also played in the NFL, has spent the past five seasons coaching the defensive line at the University of Albany.
Under Cowsette's guidance, the Great Danes produced 20 sacks in 2018 and 24 sacks in 2017. UAlbany held opponents to 107.0 rushing yards per game in 2017 as defensive end Malachi Hoskins earned First-Team All-CAA honors after totaling nine sacks and five tackles for a loss.
Cowsette came to UAlbany after two stints at Hampton University where he served as the defensive line coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. In 2010, Cowsette tutored two All-Americans on the defensive end: Kenrick Ellis and Brandon Peguese, who helped the Pirate defense finish in the top three nationally in total defense. The Pirate defense also finished No. 1 in red zone stops.
Cowsette was a four-year standout at Maryland (1996-99) where he was team captain his senior year while earning First Team All-ACC honors. He still ranks 12th all-time at Maryland with 31 tackles for loss and in 1999 he tied for the team lead with six sacks.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in geography (with a double minor in sociology and graphic design), Cowsette was drafted by the Washington Redskins and played for the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears from 2000-06.
Williams joins the Terps staff after three years at UAB and time at the University of Georgia and Florida State University. Williams helped lead UAB to a Conference USA Championship and the program's first ever 11-win season in 2018 under Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Bill Clark.
Overall, Williams helped UAB return from a two-year hiatus in 2017 to set the program record for FBS wins (8), Conference USA wins (6) and finished with a perfect 6-0 record at home for the first time ever. The Blazers' appearance in the Bahamas Bowl was just the second bowl game in program history.
Prior to UAB, Williams was at the University of Georgia in 2015 as the player relations director for the Bulldogs' defense. Before that, he was on staff at Florida State for two years as a defensive analyst and was a part of the Seminoles' 29-game winning streak which included winning the 2013 National Championship.
Locksley also officially announced that Ryan Davis has joined the Terps as director of football strength and conditioning and Taylor Edwards has been named director of scouting operations.
-- Maryland Athletics press release
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