Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo talks with players during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dave DeGuglielmo Named Terps OL Coach

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(Edit: Had this written on Monday, edited to reflect changes)

Maryland has shored up things on the offensive line, officially according to UMTerps.com. The Terrapins football team has reached an agreement with Dave DeGuglielmo to become the new offensive line coach for the team. DeGuglielmo replaces Tom Brattan, whose contract the school decided not to renew after this season.

DeGuglielmo, a Massachusetts native, brings in a load of experience at both the college and professional level. Prior to joining the Terps, his most recent stint was the offensive line coach with the New York Jets. Prior to that, he served three years as the O-line coach for the Miami Dolphins. He was an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants during their Super Bowl run in 2007 as well.

DeGuglielmo and Edsall are similarly familiar with one another. Both at one point in time served as coaches with the Connecticut Huskies, though Randy Edsall joined the staff in 1999 (a year after DeGuglielmo left). After leaving Connecticut, DeGuglielmo was offensive line coach at the University of South Carolina from 1999 to 2003.

The addition of DeGuglielmo to the staff adds a very knowledgeable offensive lineman and coach who brings with him a plethora of experience to impart on both players and recruits. Someone who knows what it takes to make it to the NFL, and has managed to last at that level for a long time is a boon for the program.

DeGuglielmo’s link with the pros could well play a pivotal role in reigning in the big linemen necessary to compete in the Big Ten. It goes without saying that one of those recruits, five-star O-lineman Damian Prince, is as of now undecided. Wrapping up a deal with DeGuglielmo ensures that the team can reestablish a relationship as quickly as possible, since Brattan’s departure likely means cultivating a new one with Prince.

Good work, Terps staff and welcome aboard Dave DeGuglielmo!

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