- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Andy Buh, who had been the outside linebackers coach at Kentucky and was a defensive coordinator for five of the past eight seasons, replaced Scott Shafer as Maryland’s defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Buh was the co-defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2008 and 2009 and worked with new Maryland coach DJ Durkin, who was the defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Nevada, his alma mater, in 2010 and 2011 and at Cal in 2013.

“There was only one person I spoke to about this job and that was it,” Durkin said at a press conference announcing Buh’s hiring. “I knew in my mind who we needed to go with and Andy is a guy who is very familiar with what we do defensively. He is a great coach on field, but really more than that, [I like][ just what he brings to the table in terms of off the field and the type of person he is and dealing with our players day in and day out.”

Shafer, who was one of the first assistants hired by Durkin in December, resigned on Friday for personal reasons. He had spent parts of the previous three seasons at Syracuse’s coach and was one of three asssistants on Durkin’s staff who led their own programs last season — a group that also included Mike London, the defensive line coach and the coach at Virginia for six years, and Pete Lembo, the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator who was Ball State’s coach for the last five years.

“DJ and I talk regularly, so I was not surprised to get a phone call from him, but when the topic came up I was, obviously, surprised,” Buh said. “Whenever something like this happens, it is not a quick decision. There are a lot of people involved. There is football team over there in Kentucky that I was employed [by]. My family, obviously, was entrenched into Lexington, and then there was the situation here. When Coach Durkin approached me with the question, obviously, my immediate thought process was, ‘Yes, I want to come.’”

Buh graduated from Nevada in 1994 and began coaching there as a graduate assistant in 1997. He has also coached at San Diego State, Fresno State and Wisconsin, where he served as the linebackers coach in 2012.

Durkin was hired to replace Randy Edsall, who had been Maryland’s coach for parts of the previous five seasons.


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