Michael Locksley
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1969-12-25) December 25, 1969 (age 50)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2018)

Michael Anthony Locksley (born December 25, 1969) is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach for the University of Maryland football team and former offensive coordinator for the University of Alabama. After serving as an assistant coach for several college football squads, he became the 29th head coach of the University of New Mexico Lobos football team in 2009. Locksley was fired on September 25, 2011 after going 2–26.[1]

On October 11, 2015, Locksley was named the interim head coach at the University of Maryland for the rest of the 2015 season when Randy Edsall was relieved of his duties.[2] Locksley did not return to Maryland after the 2015 season, joining the University of Alabama staff as an offensive analyst. Prior to the 2018 season, Locksley was promoted to Alabama offensive coordinator. Later that year he was named the recipient of the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach.

Early lifeEdit

Locksley grew up in inner-city Washington D.C., and attended Ballou High School.[3]

College playing careerEdit

Locksley played college football at Towson State University, now Towson University. He redshirted his first year on the Towson State Tigers and then spent two seasons sharing time at safety and then cornerback, backing up Towson veteran Bryant Hall.[3] For the 1990 season he had 43 tackles and two interceptions at safety, after he filled in for the injured Aaron Bates.[4] He was named the Tigers' Defensive Player of the Year for his senior season.[5] He graduated in the spring of 1992 with a degree in marketing.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

He served as defensive backs coach and special teams coach at Towson State for the 1992 season, then defensive coordinator at Naval Academy Preparatory School in 1993 (defensive backs) and 1994 (defensive line), was outside linebackers coach at the University of the Pacific for 1995, then spent the 1996 season coaching tight ends and split ends at Army.[6]

Locksley became the running backs coach for the University of Maryland under head coach Ron Vanderlinden in February 1997.[5] Ron Vanderlinden named Locksley to the additional post of recruiting coordinator, replacing Chris Cosh who left to take the defensive coordinator's job at Michigan State, in February 1998.[7] After Vanderlinden was fired, in 2000, and Ralph Friedgen was named head coach, Locksley and wide receivers coach James Franklin were the only two assistants to be retained by Maryland.[8]

In February 2003, after six years at Maryland, he was named as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida under Ron Zook, replacing Tyke Tolbert, who left to be a coach with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.[9]

Locksley was named offensive coordinator at Illinois in January 2005, replacing Larry Fedora who went to Oklahoma State University, pairing Locksley again with head coach Ron Zook.[10] He is credited with luring at least nine players from the Washington D.C. area for Illinois from 2005 through 2008, including wide receiver Arrelious Benn, 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[11]

New MexicoEdit

He was named head coach of the New Mexico Lobos on December 9, 2008. He signed a six-year contract worth $750,000 annually.[12]

In late May 2009, a former administrative assistant at New Mexico filed an age and sex discrimination complaint against Locksley with the Equal Opportunity Commission.[13] The complaint was filed by Locksley's former administrative assistant Sylvia Lopez, who claimed to have been subjected to age and sexual discrimination before being transferred out of Locksley's office. The claims were later withdrawn.[14]

In late September 2009, Locksley was reprimanded for an altercation with an assistant coach. He was subsequently suspended without pay for ten days.[15] He was not on the sideline for the game against UNLV on October 24, 2009.[16] Locksley led his Lobos to 1–11 records his first and second seasons. The high buyout was a large reason UNM chose at first not to fire him.[17] New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs, who made the decision to retain Locksley, expected improvement in the 2011 season.[18] On September 25, 2011, Locksley was relieved of his duties following an 0–4 start that culminated in a loss at home to FCS Sam Houston State as well as the arrest of a minor for a DWI while driving a car registered to Locksley's 19-year-old son Meiko, a member of the Lobo Football team. After an internal investigation by UNM, it was found the minor was not a recruit as erroneously reported. Instead, the minor was a childhood friend of Meiko Locksley from his Champaign, IL days, when his dad served as Offensive Coordinator for the Illini from 2005-2008.[19]


On December 22, 2011, Locksley returned to the University of Maryland to join Randy Edsall's staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.[20]

Locksley was named interim head coach at Maryland on October 11, 2015, after Edsall was terminated.


On March 1, 2016 Locksley joined the University of Alabama staff as an offensive analyst. On January 13, 2017, he was promoted to an on-field coaching role helping the Tide win their 17th national championship. The following year, on January 17, 2018, he was promoted to offensive coordinator. Following the 2018 regular season, Locksley received the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top college football coaching assistant.[21]


On December 4, 2018, Locksley was named head football coach at the University of Maryland, becoming the 21st full-time head coach in program history.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Locksley along with his wife Kia have four children, three sons, Mike, Jr., Meiko, and Kai, and a daughter, Kori.[23] On September 3, 2017, Meiko was fatally shot in Columbia, Maryland.[24] Mike's son Kai is a college football quarterback who has played at Texas and Iowa Western Community College, and is currently at UTEP.[25]

Kia Locksley is a yoga instructor. She helped teach some members of the Fighting Illini football team yoga in the summer of 2008.[26]

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Mike Locksley who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West) (2009–2011)
2009 New Mexico 1–11 1–7 8th
2010 New Mexico 1–11 1–7 T–8th
2011 New Mexico 0–4[n 1] 0–1[n 1] [n 1]
New Mexico: 2–26 2–15
Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Conference) (2015)
2015 Maryland 1–5[n 2] 1–5[n 2] T–6th (East)
Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Maryland 1-0
Maryland: 2–5 1–5
Total: 4–31
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Adelson, Andrea. "New Mexico fires Mike Locksley". Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  2. "Edsall Relieved of Coaching Duties - Maryland Terrapins Athletics - University of Maryland Terps Official Athletic Site". Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Stewart, John W. (November 21, 1991). "Towson's Locksley is no stranger to hard knocks". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  4. Stewart, John W. (September 4, 1991). "Towson's fortunes rest on defensive shoulder". The Baltimore Sun.
  5. 5.0 5.1 McMullen, Paul (February 11, 1997). "Ex-Towson St. player Locksley joins UM staff". The Baltimore Sun.
  6. Nakamura, David (February 11, 1997). "Assistants Come, Go for Terps". The Washington Post.
  7. McMullen, Paul (February 5, 1998). "For once, Terps get more wins than losses". The Baltimore Sun.
  8. Barr, Josh (August 28, 2001). "Terps Make Most of Second Chance". Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  9. "Marshall interested in series with USF". February 22, 2003. Archived from the original on October 11, 2003.
  10. Garcia, Marlen (January 13, 2005). "Locksley joins Illini as offensive coordinator". Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  11. Saslow, Eli (January 26, 2007). "School Daze; An Early Graduate of Dunbar, Benn Adjusts to Hectic College Schedule". The Washington Post.
  12. "Mike Locksley - New Mexico's 29th Head Football Coach". University of New Mexico. December 9, 2008. Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  13. Korte, Tim (May 29, 2009). "New Mexico coach accused of sexual harassment". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  14. Harris, Terrance. "EEOC Claims Against New Mexico's Mike Locksley Resolved". Fanhouse. Archived from the original on October 15, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  15. Archuleta, Greg (October 14, 2009). "Locksley suspended". Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  16. Korte, Tim (September 28, 2009). "Locksley reprimanded for hitting assistant coach". Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009.
  17. "Locksley safe amid outcry to fire him". KRQE. September 13, 2010. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012.
  18. "Locksley, despite 1-11 mark, to return for Lobos". December 2, 2010.
  19. Floyd, Brian (September 25, 2011). "Mike Locksley Fired As New Mexico Head Coach, According To Report".
  20. "Locksley Named New Offensive Coordinator". Maryland Athletics. December 22, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  22. Giambalvo, Emily; Stubbs, Roman (December 4, 2018). "Mike Locksley reaches deal to be Maryland football coach". The Washington Post.
  23. "Mike Locksley". Maryland Terrapins. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  24. "Alabama grieving after fatal shooting of assistant Mike Locksley's son". Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  25. "Kai Locksley, UTEP, Dual-threat quarterback".
  26. Supinie, John (July 29, 2008). "It's not a stretch to say yoga will help the Illini". The State Journal-Register.


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