Mike Locksley joined Nick Saban’s staff at The University of Alabama in January of 2017 as the Crimson Tide’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Locksley spent the 2016 season on the Crimson Tide’s staff as an offensive analyst. He previously served as the interim head coach at the University of Maryland for the final six games of the 2015 season. Prior to that he served as the Terrapins offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2012-15. Locksley also served as the head coach at the University of New Mexico from 2009-11.
Locksley is also known for strong recruiting skills. He was listed as a top-25 recruiter in the nation three different times (2003, 2005, 2006) and was a finalist for 2007 recruiter of the year by Rivals.com. He also engineered top-10 recruiting classes during each of his two seasons (2003-04) as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida.
During his time as Maryland’s offensive coordinator, the Terrapins produced balanced and effective results. Locksley’s attack was orchestrated by quarterback C.J. Brown, who became Maryland’s all-time leader in touchdowns responsible for with 58 after totaling 13 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns in 2014. He successfully utilized the talent on the outside with wide receiver Stefon Diggs hauling in 62 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns and earning second team All-Big Ten honors.
In 2013, Locksley guided an offense that eclipsed 5,000 yards (5,160) for only the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2003. The passing game excelled totaling 3,231 yards, the third-highest total in school history.
A veteran coach with over 20 years of experience Locksley, also served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois from 2005-08. The Illini went from No. 72 nationally in total offense in 2005 to 19th following the 2008 season. They led the Big Ten in rushing in 2006 and 2007 and then led the league in passing in 2008. The rushing attack was twice ranked in the top-10 nationally (No. 10 in 2006; No. 5 in 2007).
Locksley spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons at the University of Florida as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2004, Gators’ running back Ciatrick Fason led the SEC and ranked 19th in the NCAA in rushing (105.6 yards a game) on his way to second-team all-league honors.
He began his coaching career at Towson in 1992 where he coached defensive backs and special teams, followed by two seasons at the U.S. Naval Prep School. He coached outside linebackers at the University of the Pacific in 1995 and then coached wide receivers and tight ends at Army in 1996.
A native of Washington D.C., Locksley played safety at Towson University, where he was the team’s defensive MVP as a senior in 1991. He finished his career ranked 19th on the school’s all-time tackles list and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing.