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Durden Taking Coaching Talents to University of Maryland -- August 19, 2005

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, August 19. THE University of Maryland has tabbed David Durden as the man to guide its men’s and women’s programs. Durden replaces Jim Wenhold, who stepped down from his coaching duties in July. In accepting his new role at Maryland, Durden inherits a women’s program that is the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion.

"Having an opportunity to get my first head coaching job at one of the top spots in the Atlantic Coast Conference is great," Durden said. "I can't wait to get there and get started."

Durden spent the last five years as an assistant coach at Auburn University, where he was part of a national championship program on the male and female sides. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Durden served as the head coach for Panama.

"We feel that we've found an outstanding coach who knows what it takes to establish and lead a winning program," said Troy Tucker, Maryland’s Associate Athletics Director. "He shares our values related to the balance between athletics, academics and student-athlete welfare."