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Joe Krivak, Former Maryland Football Coach, Dies


Joe Krivak, who helped develop several Maryland quarterbacks in the 1980s and went on to a five-year stint as the school's head coach, died Tuesday of leukemia. He was 77.

Current Terrapins coach Randy Edsall tweeted the news Wednesday and passed along prayers to Krivak's family.

Krivak was Maryland's quarterbacks coach under Bobby Ross, working with the likes of Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich and Stan Gelbaugh as an assistant. When Ross left for Georgia Tech after the 1986 season, Krivak was elevated to replace him.

While Krivak still had solid quarterbacks (Neil O'Donnell and Scott Zolak, both of whom enjoyed long NFL careers), he went 20-34-2 before resigning after the 1991 season.

The highlight of his head coaching tenure was a 35-30 victory at then-No. 8 Virginia in the 1990 regular season finale. The triumph clinched bowl eligibility for the Terps, who went on to tie Louisiana Tech 34-34 in the Independence Bowl and finish the season 6-5-1. It was the only winning record Krivak produced.

Krivak, who also spent time as an assistant at Navy (1977-81) under George Welsh, later reunited with Welsh for two seasons at Virginia (1995-96) to wrap up his college coaching career.

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