Former Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen got his start in the business at The Citadel in 1973.

Now, the former ACC and national coach of the year is giving back to the military school.

Friedgen and his wife, Gloria, have established a football scholarship with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. The Ralph & Gloria Friedgen Scholarship will go to an offensive player beginning in 2013-14.

“The Citadel is where we got our start,” said Friedgen, who coached under Bobby Ross and Art Baker at The Citadel from 1973-79. “And Gloria joins me as we remember the many good years we had in Charleston.”

The Brigadier Foundation raises money for athletic scholarships at The Citadel, and athletic director Larry Leckonby praised the Friedgens’ generosity.

“They are first-class people, and we’re happy they wanted to remember The Citadel in this fashion,” said Leckonby, who worked with Friedgen at Maryland.

Friedgen was an offensive lineman at Maryland, and after his years at The Citadel served as an assistant at William & Mary, Murray State, Maryland and Georgia Tech, and with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.

He was hired as head coach at Maryland in 2000, and led the Terps to a 10-2 record and an ACC title in 2001; an 11-3 mark and Peach Bowl victory in 2002; and a 10-3 record and Gator Bowl win in 2003. He finished his career with a 75-50 record, including a 9-4 record in 2010.