Mike Locksley is back at Maryland after spending three seasons on Alabama’s staff. And the new Terrapins head coach plans on utilizing some of the knowledge he gained while working for the Crimson Tide.
During an interview on the Big Ten Network on Thursday, Locksley shared what he learned while coaching under Nick Saban at Alabama and how he plans to use that at his new school.
“I’ve just spent the past three years saturated in winning at Alabama under Coach Saban, and having a chance to get behind the walls of the great, storied Alabama football program and learn under Nick Saban the past three years and see how that thing is done has given me the vision and blueprint for what needs to be done and how it needs to be done,” Locksley said during the interview. “We’ve got a lot of those things in place here at Maryland.
“The big concern that obviously was answered during the hiring process was making sure that everybody was aligned. That’s the one thing, being at Alabama to see the alignment of the president, the athletic director and Coach Saban, all three of those guys pulling in the same direction to make that program great.”
"It was an easy decision for me once the job was offered."
— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) December 6, 2018
Locksley was Alabama’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2017, prior to becoming the Tide’s sole offensive coordinator in 2018.
Before joining Alabama’s staff for the 2016 season, Locksley was at Maryland from 2012-15, which included a stint as the Terps’ interim head coach in his final season there.
Locksley experienced a lot of success with the Crimson Tide, as they have made the College Football Playoff each of the past three seasons, including this year. Locksley won the national championship with Alabama at the end of the 2017 season.