Prior to sitting out the 2013 season, Dave DeGuglielmo spent his previous nine years coaching in the NFL. After only six days as the Terrapins offensive line coach, he is headed back to the professional ranks.
DeGuglielmo has accepted a position with an undisclosed NFL team, Maryland announced on Wednesday afternoon, putting an end to his six-day tenure as the Terps' offensive line coach and leaving behind an important staff vacancy in College Park. The hiring of DeGuglielmo, who had previously coached with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, was announced by the team last Thursday along with the additions of Keenan McCardell (wide receivers) and Chad Wilt (defensive line).
"I would like to congratulate Dave on this exciting opportunity for his career," said Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall in the statement. "Dave is a great coach who brings a wealth of experience and will be a valued asset at the next level. We are honored that NFL teams pursue members of our coaching staff as we feel this is a complement to our program. I will immediately begin the search for Dave's replacement in an effort to assemble the best possible coaching staff to lead our student-athletes."
Replacing DeGuglielmo's swiftly will be critical for Edsall. The Terps still have their sights set on offensive lineman Damian Prince (Bishop McNamara) and Jared Cohen (McDonogh), both local class of 2014 targets, and had a patchwork line through much of the 2013 campaign. The Maryland staff additions, DeGuglielmo included, have spent the last week catching up with recruits after the NCAA's new "dead period" concluded on January 15.
Maryland did not reveal the NFL team that poached DeGuglielmo, only that all further announcements would come directly from that franchise. A Boston University alum, DeGuglielmo last coached at the college level in 2003 at South Carolina. He spent five years with the Gamecocks and also had stops at Connecticut, BU and Boston College before latching on with the Giants in 2004.
"I was excited about the direction of the Maryland football program and coaching in the Big Ten," DeGuglielmo said in the release. "I was looking forward to working with Randy and couldn't have been more confident in where this program is heading. Because of family issues this is an opportunity that I could not pass up."
DeGuglielmo joins Kasey Dunn and Sean Payton as Maryland coaches who have bolted for the NFL after brief stints in College Park. Dunn, currently a wide receivers coach at Oklahoma State, was the Terps wideout coach for a few months in 2008 before leaving for a gig with the Seattle Seahawks. Payton, now the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, held that same post in 1997 before heading to Philadelphia to coach with the Eagles.