Maryland officially announced D.J. Durkin as its next head coach Wednesday evening, confirming reports from earlier in the day.
“I want to thank (AD) Kevin Anderson, Dr. Loh, Damon Evans and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity to lead the University of Maryland football program,” Durkin said in a statement. “Maryland’s commitment to excellence in the class room, on the field and in the community aligns with my principles of building an elite program. I look forward to bringing an exciting and successful brand of football to our passionate fan base and supporters.”
Added Anderson: “On behalf of the entire University of Maryland community, I am thrilled to welcome D.J., his wife, Sarah, and their children, Abigail and Luke, to College Park. We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit. He has had success at some of the nation’s most preeminent football programs, is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and is widely respected as one the top young coaches across the college football landscape.”
Durkin, 37, served as Michigan’s defensive coordinator this season. Prior to that, he coordinated defense and special teams at Florida.
Durkin will be introduced at a press conference slated for 11 a.m. ET Thursday.