Thursday, July 21, 2011
Coaching 'em up: Maryland
By Heather Dinich
The series highlighting one assistant coach from each team whose position group will be in the spotlight this fall continues today with Maryland:
Coach: Lee Hull
Position: Wide receivers
Experience: Lee Hull is in his fourth season as wide receivers coach at Maryland. He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State. Prior to his five seasons at Oregon State, Hull spent five years (1998-2002) at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross. He coached linebackers for one season before becoming wide receivers coach, as well as overseeing the kickoff coverage and kickoff return units. He was also the passing game coordinator.
Of note: Hull was a standout wide receiver at Holy Cross from 1984-87, playing under former Maryland coach Mark Duffner in his final two seasons. The Crusaders were 21-1 his last two years and were ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA in 1987. Holy Cross also won the Colonial League title and the Lambert Cup that season. Hull was a preseason All-America choice as a junior.
He went on to play professionally with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. Hull spent 1990-92 with Winnipeg where he was coached by Mike Riley in his first season. Riley was the head coach at Oregon State during Hull's five-year tenure. The Blue Bombers won the 1990 Grey Cup. He also played for Toronto in 1992.
Hull was also a free-agent signee of the New England Patriots in 1998.
His challenge:Find the next Torrey Smith. OK, so maybe there’s not another Torrey Smith on the roster, but Hull needs to find a dependable target for quarterback Danny O’Brien. Maryland lost its top two receivers from 2010, but three emerged as potential go-to players this spring. Ronnie Tyler, Kerry Boykins and Kevin Dorsey were the lead candidates, and Quintin McCree, who missed several spring practices for study hall, is the leading returner with 16 catches. None of them have been in a starting role before. Expectations are soaring for O’Brien, who was the ACC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year, but he’s going to need some help on the receiving end if the Terps are going to contend for the Atlantic Division in Randy Edsall’s first season. It’s up to Hull to coach ‘em up.