For­mer Mary­land coach Ed­sall re­turns to Con­necti­cut

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Con­necti­cut is bring­ing back Randy Ed­sall as coach, hop­ing to turn around the Huskies by re­hir­ing the win­ningest coach in school his­tory.

Ath­letic di­rec­tor David Bene­dict an­nounced Ed­sall’s hir­ing on Wed­nes­day, two days af­ter fir­ing Bob Di­aco. Di­aco went 11-26 in three sea­sons.

Ed­sall coached at UConn from 1999 through the 2010 sea­son, go­ing 74-70 and win­ning the Big East ti­tles in 2007 and 2010. He left to be­come the coach at Mary­land from 2011-2015 af­ter he took UConn to the Fi­esta Bowl in his fi­nal sea­son with the Huskies.

In five sea­sons at Mary­land, Ed­sall’s best mark was 7-6 in both 2013 and 2014, when he led the Ter­rap­ins to losses in the Mil­i­tary Bowl and Foster Farm Bowl, re­spec­tively. The Ter­rap­ins placed no higher than fifth in the ACC or third in the Big Ten.

The Ter­rap­ins fired Ed­sall in the mid­dle of his fifth sea­son with a 2-4 record and 0-2 in the Big Ten in Oc­to­ber 2015. He went 22-34 at Mary­land.

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