COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- With a lot of pomp and circumstance, the University of Maryland Terrapins welcomed their new head football coach Thursday. He is a familiar face.
Michael Locksley worked as a Terps assistant coach under four head coaches and now he takes over the top job. Questions, turmoil and expectations come with what Locksley calls his "dream job."
UMd. Athletic Director Damon Evans said Locksley embodies "the spirit of one Maryland," and added the team needs "someone to bring them together, to help them heal."
The news comes after the death of Jordan McNair, a player who collapsed during a football practice in May and died a few weeks later. Locksley knows about loss and death. His 25-year-old son, Meiko, was shot and killed in Columbia, Md. in September, 2017.
Referring to his Terps family, Locksley said his No. 1 priority is "the health, development and safety of this family."
His other family is the University of Alabama Football team where he is offensive coordinator. While that team prepares for the College Football Playoffs, Locksley will wear two hats. He'll be Crimson Tide offensive coordinator during the week, and Terps head coach at night starting next week. For a few days, it will be all Terps.
His wife Kia and daughter Kori sat in the front row during the press conference. Kori went to high school with Jordan McNair and is a soccer player at Auburn University.