(CNN)D.J. Durkin, who was the top coach at Maryland when offensive lineman Jordan McNair died weeks after an offseason exercise, will be a part of the soccer employees on the College of Mississippi.
Durkin was fired in October 2018 by the College of Maryland president in the future after the varsity’s board of regents voted to reinstate him.
Three months earlier, McNair, a 19-yr-previous redshirt freshman, was taken from the sector after struggling throughout sprints. McNair had heatstroke and two weeks later he died at a hospital.
Ole Miss Athletics Director Keith Carter stated the division did its due diligence, doing a background verify and talking with coaches.
“We acquired persistently robust suggestions about Coach Durkin’s robust character and work ethic and his constructive influence on the communities and establishments the place he was beforehand employed,” Carter stated. “As soon as we had the prospect to spend time with Coach Durkin, we have been much more satisfied that he’s precisely the kind of completed coach with robust soccer credentials who can also be a proud and dedicated household man that may make him an excellent addition to our new employees.”
Final yr, Durkin, forty one, was a marketing consultant with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Earlier than Durkin’s two full seasons at Maryland, through which his groups went 10-15, he additionally coached at Michigan, Florida and Stanford.
McNair’s father, Marty McNair, stated he hoped the coach discovered from his son’s dying.
“We want one of the best for him and his household and hope he’ll take what occurred at Maryland as a critical life lesson in coping with different individuals’s youngsters,” he told ESPN.
Jordan McNair’s dying prompted two reviews in 2018, one into the how he was cared for on the day he was hospitalized and one other into the tradition of soccer on the College of Maryland.
An unbiased medical report discovered a number of points with the remedy of McNair, together with failure to evaluate his very important indicators, not having correct cooling units and failure to acknowledge shortly he was having warmth sickness.
Greater than an hour handed earlier than a College of Maryland soccer coach referred to as 911 after McNair, 19, first confirmed signs of heatstroke on Might 29, 2018, in line with the report. McNair died on June thirteen.
Dr. Rod Walters, who submitted the medical report, stated he didn’t make a willpower as as to if McNair’s demise was an accident or on account of negligence.
Durkin and others have been placed on administrative depart in August 2018 and the board of regents was set to convey him again after the report on the staff’s tradition was completed.
It discovered the Maryland soccer staff didn’t have a “poisonous tradition” however “did have a tradition the place issues festered as a result of too many gamers feared talking out.”
However then-college President Wallace D. Loh fired Durkin.
“This isn’t in any respect a mirrored image of my opinion of Coach Durkin as an individual,” Loh stated. “Nevertheless, a departure is in the most effective curiosity of the college.”
Ole Miss went four-eight final yr within the extremely aggressive Southeastern Convention. Lane Kiffin was employed in December as head coach. Durkin is listed on the team’s website as an assistant coach as are Joe Jon Finley and Chris Partridge, who have been a part of the announcement of Durkin’s hiring.