Former University of Maryland football coach Joe Krivak died on Christmas Day, the school announced Wednesday.
Krivak, who was 77, battled leukemia.
The Terrapins went 20-34-2 with Krivak at the helm from 1987-91. He previously served as Maryland's quarterbacks coach. During his time at the school, Krivak coached future NFL quarterbacks Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich, Stan Gelbaugh, Neil O'Donnell and Scott Zolak.
"We are saddened to learn about the passing of Joe Krivak," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson wrote in a statement. "Joe was an accomplished coach who played an instrumental role in one of the most successful periods in the history of Maryland football. He tutored some of the most prolific quarterbacks to play in College Park and helped develop them for future success in the NFL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Krivak family."
Bobby Ross, who preceded Krivak as the Terrapins' head coach, recalled that Krivak took when Maryland athletics were reeling following the drug-related death of basketball star Len Bias. Ross left College Park to take over the Georgia Tech program.
"It was very tough time with all that was going at Maryland, but he did a good job," Ross told the Baltimore Sun. "Joe was a good football coach, but far more important, he was a great human being."
During Krivak's time as head coach, the Terps had one winning season. They finished 6-5-1 in 1990, playing Louisiana Tech to a 34-34 tie in the Independence Bowl.