Former Florida and Illinois coach Ron Zook will serve as a senior analyst at Maryland.
First-year head coach Mike Locksley hired Zook, his former boss, to work with special teams and the defense. Since he'll be filling an off-field, non-recruiting position, Zook will not count against the NCAA limit on assistant coaches.
Zook, now 65, replaced Steve Spurrier at Florida in 2002 and hired Locksley as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Zook was fired before the end of the 2004 season and was hired at Illinois the following year, and Locksley served as his offensive coordinator.
"To be able to add the caliber of coach that Ron Zook is, who I've had the opportunity to work for at Florida as well as the University of Illinois, to our staff as a senior analyst, it gives us another great set of eyes and advice and all the other things that come along when you hire a guy like him and his caliber," Locksley told reporters after practice Wednesday. "We're excited to add coach Zook to our staff."
Zook also has had a long career as a college and NFL assistant coach. Most recently, he was the secondary coach and special teams coordinator of the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football, which went bankrupt in its first season this spring. From 2014-18, he worked with special teams with the Green bay Packers.