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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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  • Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos will interview at Siena, sources say

    Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos will interview at Siena, sources say
    Loyola men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos, who has led the program to its first back-to-back seasons with more than 20 wins as a Division I team, has emerged as one of the top candidates for the opening at Siena. The 46-year-old coach will be in...
  • Michael Phelps headlines first Towson High Athletics Hall of Fame class

    Michael Phelps headlines first Towson High Athletics Hall of Fame class
    The inaugural class of the Towson High School Athletics Hall of Fame, featuring Michael Phelps (2003), Randy Dase (1972), Sue Beeler (1958), Billy Jones (1964), Jaimee Reynolds (1998) and Jack Thomas (1970), will be honored April 19 at halftime of the...
  • Jimmy Patsos leaving Loyola to take men's basketball job at Siena

    Jimmy Patsos leaving Loyola to take men's basketball job at Siena
    When Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos went up to Siena College on Monday for an interview, he didn’t know much about the school aside from the history of its men’s basketball program. That history — along with the community support and...
  • Patsos introduced as Siena men's basketball coach

    Patsos introduced as Siena men's basketball coach
    Jimmy Patsos was introduced as Siena's new men's basketball coach on Wednesday — calling the school "my dream mid-major" — as his former assistant, G.G. Smith, emerged as a leading candidate to replace Patsos at Loyola. Smith, the son of...
  • March Madness will include no Maryland teams for second time in three years

    March Madness will include no Maryland teams for second time in three years
    For the second time in three years, no Maryland school was among the 68 selected for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. But coaches and observers say that fact combined with a relative down period for the University of Maryland have obscured an...
  • Maryland close to joining Big Ten

    Maryland close to joining Big Ten
    The University of Maryland moved closer Sunday to formally applying for admission to the Big Ten Conference and an announcement could come as soon as Monday. The Board of Regents meets Monday and will discuss the school's proposal to leave the Atlantic...
  • Maryland could announce move to Big Ten today

    The University of Maryland moved closer Sunday to formally applying for admission to the Big Ten Conference and an announcement could come as soon as Monday. The Board of Regents meets Monday and will discuss the school's proposal to leave the...
  • Change will be good for Maryland sports

    Change will be good for Maryland sports
    As the Maryland basketball beat writer for The Sun for more than a decade, I always enjoyed making multiple trips to the state of North Carolina every winter. I saw Len Bias single-handedly give North Carolina its first defeat in a then brand-new Dean...
  • For Terps basketball fans, there's no bigger rival than Duke

    For Terps basketball fans, there's no bigger rival than Duke
    When Maryland visited Cameron Indoor Stadium last month, Duke fans smugly expressed indifference at the impending end of a Terrapins-Blue Devils series that was once among the hottest in the country. "Don't come back," they chanted at the Terps. But...
  • Move to Big Ten a defining one for University of Maryland president Wallace Loh

    Move to Big Ten a defining one for University of Maryland president Wallace Loh
    In his first 2 1/2 years as president at the University of Maryland, Wallace Loh oversaw sweeping changes to the leadership of his athletic department and confronted the pain of cutting teams to patch gaping budget holes. But he had never steered...
  • Maryland's departure raises questions about future of ACC

    Maryland's departure raises questions about future of ACC
    The University of Maryland's planned departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference has raised questions about the league's long-term survival, a sobering prospect for fans that grew up on games between the Terps and their Tobacco Road rivals. The first...
  • Three Good Counsel freshmen in line to start for Terps

    Three Good Counsel freshmen in line to start for Terps
    Good Counsel High School has pulled off a triple on Maryland’s latest football depth chart. Two true-freshmen (Stefon Diggs and Mike Madaras) from the Montgomery County school are now listed as starters -– and a third (Wes Brown) is a...