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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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  • Q&A with Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon

    Q&A with Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon
    Mark Turgeon’s first full recruiting class at Maryland got under way three days after he was introduced as the Terps’ basketball coach with the commitment of Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian guard Seth Allen, and it didn’t end until late...
  • Terps' recruiting momentum continues with Mark Turgeon's second class

    Terps' recruiting momentum continues with Mark Turgeon's second class
    In the days following last month's nationally televised announcement that Texas twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison had chosen Kentucky over Maryland, there was a lot of message board chatter about Mark Turgeon possibly losing out on other top recruits,...
  • The Last Word with Sean Mosley

    The Last Word with Sean Mosley
    Coming out of St. Frances four years ago, Sean Mosley was the second-highest scorer in Marylandhigh school history with 2,933 points. Throughout his college career, fans kept waiting for Mosley to turn into a big scorer for the Terps. It never happened,...
  • Moving to Big Ten, Maryland would toss away tradition for the possibility of more money

    Moving to Big Ten, Maryland would toss away tradition for the possibility of more money
    COLLEGE PARK — Just when you thought that the conference realignment frenzy had just about played itself out, there are rumblings that Maryland could end its long affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference and jump to the Big Ten. It's an...
  • Ex-coach Gary Williams says move to Big Ten would help UM

    Ex-coach Gary Williams says move to Big Ten would help UM
    Former Maryland coach Gary Williams said today that the school's proposed move to the Big Ten would be a tremendous boost for the Terps' athletic program. In a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun today, Williams said the school's long history...
  • 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...
  • Juan Dixon leads list of Terps to be inducted in school's hall of fame

    Juan Dixon leads list of Terps to be inducted in school's hall of fame
    — The 2002 Maryland basketball season could hardly have arrived quickly enough for Juan Dixon. The guard and his teammates had lost a 22-point lead to Duke in the 2001 Final Four. "We had a bad taste in our mouths the whole offseason," said Dixon,...
  • Harrison twins snub Maryland, commit to Kentucky

    Harrison twins snub Maryland, commit to Kentucky
    Five weeks from today, Maryland opens its 2012-13 men's basketball season against defending national champion Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It might be an opportunity for the Terps to exact some revenge for what transpired inside a...
  • Terps Trio: Maryland's defense, fallout from Harrison twins, other hoops targets

    Terps Trio: Maryland's defense, fallout from Harrison twins, other hoops targets
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. Maryland's defense is ranked eighth in the nation, giving up 261.2 yards per game. Is the defense really...
  • Lefty Driesell recounts memorable recruiting tales

    Lefty Driesell recounts memorable recruiting tales
    The recruiting battle for the Harrison twins that ended with Maryland losing out to Kentucky made me think about Lefty Driesell and some of the tales he has told over the years about going after the likes of Tom McMillen, Moses Malone and Albert King....
  • Kevin Anderson deserves some credit for getting Dez Wells eligible

    Kevin Anderson deserves some credit for getting Dez Wells eligible
    Kevin Anderson has taken his share of criticism since coming from Army to Maryland 27 months ago. The athletic director got off to a rocky start with Maryland fans – and many in the local media – for the clumsy way he handled the firing of...
  • Terps Trio: Football injuries, basketball schedule and James Padgett overseas

    Terps Trio: Football injuries, basketball schedule and James Padgett overseas
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Marylandsports. What is going on with all the injuries on Maryland’s defense and can the Terps weather the storm?...