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Gary Williams

Gary Williams was the coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Maryland from 1989 to 2011. He returned to coach his alma mater after successful head coaching tenures at American University, Boston College and Ohio State. Williams guided the Terps to a 10-win improvement in his first season in 1989, the largest in school history. The former Maryland guard -- he played under coach Bud Millikan 1965-1967 -- led the Terps through an NCAA probationary period he inherited and went on to make the NCAA tournament in 1994, his fifth season at Maryland. What followed was a run of success rivaled only by a select few college coaches and programs. The Terps made the NCAA tournament each y... Show more »
Gary Williams was the coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Maryland from 1989 to 2011. He returned to coach his alma mater after successful head coaching tenures at American University, Boston College and Ohio State. Williams guided the Terps to a 10-win improvement in his first season in 1989, the largest in school history. The former Maryland guard -- he played under coach Bud Millikan 1965-1967 -- led the Terps through an NCAA probationary period he inherited and went on to make the NCAA tournament in 1994, his fifth season at Maryland. What followed was a run of success rivaled only by a select few college coaches and programs. The Terps made the NCAA tournament each year from 1994-2004, a streak matched by only five other coaches. Returning Maryland to prominence, Williams and the Terps made Cole Field House and Comcast Center -- their current arena -- among the toughest opposing venues in college basketball during that time. Williams' crowning achievement was the 2002 season that saw Maryland win a school-record 32 games and the Atlantic Coast Conference title during the regular season. One year after losing in a national semifinal game, Williams led the Terps back to the Final Four and ultimately defeated Indiana in the title game to claim the national championship. In doing so, he joined a select group of coaches who have guided their alma maters to a national title. Entering the 2007-08 season, Williams, the Terps' all-time winningest head coach, had compiled a 378-200 record in 18 seasons at Maryland. Entering '07-'08, he had a 585-328 overall record in 29 seasons as a Division I collegiate head coach. Williams was born on March 4, 1945, in Collingswood, N.J. « Show less

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  • Maryland gives up $31 million to end exit fee spat with ACC

    Maryland gives up $31 million to end exit fee spat with ACC
    The University of Maryland and its partner of 61 years, the Atlantic Coast Conference, finally agreed on the terms of their messy divorce: a mediated settlement, announced Friday, under which the school will pay $31 million of a $52 million exit fee the conference sought.
  • Gary Williams reflects on enshrinement into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Gary Williams reflects on enshrinement into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The ride from Collingswood, N.J., to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame takes about four hours by car. Fueled by a passion for the game very few possess, a South Jersey gym rat named Gary Williams arrived here in...

    Former Terps coach Gary Williams on turning the corner, considering the NBA and more

    Former Terps coach Gary Williams on turning the corner, considering the NBA and more
    Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Wlliams reflected on his career during an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. Read more about Williams' impending induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame here. On when Maryland...

    Ian Silverman smashes world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

    Ian Silverman smashes world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships
    Paralympic swimming Baltimore's Silverman smashes nearly 13-year-old world record Team USA's Ian Silverman of Baltimore broke a nearly 13-year-old world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle S10 race Wednesday, highlighting Day 1 of the 2014 Pan...

    Terps matched up against Arizona State in CBE Hall of Fame Classic

    Terps matched up against Arizona State in CBE Hall of Fame Classic
    The matchups for November's CBE Hall of Fame Classic were announced Wednesday, and Maryland's men's basketball team will face Arizona State in the semifinals of the event in Kansas City. The Terps and Sun Devils tip off from the Sprint Center at 7 p.m....