Ralph Friedgen, fomerly the head football coach at Maryland and an assistant at The Citadel, will serve as head coach for the American Team in the Medal of Honor Bowl set for Johnson Hagood Stadium next year.

Friedgen will line up opposite former Georgia Tech and Dallas Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey, who will lead the National Team in the all-star game, set for 2 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014.

Friedgen began his coaching career at The Citadel under coach Bobby Ross befor he and Ross worked together at Maryland and won a national championship at Georgia Tech in 1990. Friedgen followed Ross to the San Diego Chargers, where the pair reached the Super Bowl in 1995, falling to the San Francisco 49ers.

Friedgen was head coach at his alma mater, Maryland, for 10 seasons with a 75-50 record, and was national coach of the year in 2001. He is retired and lives in the Charleston area.

“This is special because Ralph is one of the great coaches in America,” said Medal of Honor Bowl chairman Tommy McQueeney. “These future NFL stars will have the opportunity to see a rare combination – a National Championship and Super Bowl coach in action.”

Tickets for the Medal of Honor Bowl are available at www.MOHbowl.com/tickets or at Etix.com.