Maryland, DC Brian Stewart 'mutually agree' to split, LBs coach promoted

Randy Edsall is promoting LBs coach Keith Dudzinski to replace Brian Stewart. (USATSI)

Brian Stewart is leaving his post as Maryland's defensive coordinator, according to a release from the school reporting a mutual agreement to "part ways" after three seasons.

“We appreciate Brian’s contributions to our program over the past three seasons,” Randy Edsall said. “Brian played an integral role in developing our student-athletes both on and off the field during his time at Maryland. While overseeing the defense he helped elevate our program to compete in one of the nation’s premier conferences. In our conversations, we both felt this was the best of course of action for Brian and his family, and the Maryland football program. I wish Brian the best in his future endeavors.”

Stewart received a multi-year extension from Maryland last January and has been mentioned as a candidate for a few head coaching gigs in recent years. He will likely end up on another staff somewhere in college football soon. 

Randy Edsall has decided to promote inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski to defensive coordinator to replace Stewart. Edsall noted Dudzinski's previous experience, which includes two successful stints totaling 11 seasons as a defensive coach at UMass. 

"Keith is an accomplished coach who has a strong history as a defensive coordinator prior to his time at the University of Maryland," Edsall said. "Over the past four seasons, he has been a great asset to our coaching staff in terms of game planning and developing our inside linebackers. Keith has a good rapport with our student-athletes and a great knowledge of our personnel, which will make for a seamless transition for our defensive unit."

Dudzinski joined the Maryland staff in 2011 along with Randy Edsall. 

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