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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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  • Terps Trio: Maryland's hoops record, Big Ten perks, Dwayne Morgan & Phil Booth

    Terps Trio: Maryland's hoops record, Big Ten perks, Dwayne Morgan & Phil Booth
    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. Is Maryland’s 12-1 record simply the result of a soft non-conference schedule? And if the Terps...
  • River Hill graduate returns to Comcast Center confident, experienced

    River Hill graduate returns to Comcast Center confident, experienced
    Tommy Brenton acknowledges he felt nervous the last time he took the floor at Comcast Center. It was the spring of 2007, and the senior forward had led his River Hill basketball team to the Class 3A state championship game. With a Maryland grad and "big...
  • Morning Shootaround: Terps start hot, hold off Stony Brook

    Morning Shootaround: Terps start hot, hold off Stony Brook
    Welcome back to Morning Shootaround, a regular feature this season the day after Maryland basketball games. While we can't bring you into the Terps' locker room after games -- reporters haven't been allowed in there since the last couple of years under...
  • Loyola's game against Bucknell could have NCAA implications

    Loyola's game against Bucknell could have NCAA implications
    What started out as the final game of a competitive four-year series between the men's basketball teams at Loyola and Bucknell became something more last summer. Friday night's game at Reitz Arena has become a preview, a taste of what the future holds for...
  • Analyzing Maryland's win over Monmouth

    Analyzing Maryland's win over Monmouth
    Welcome back to Morning Shootaround, a regular feature this season the day after Maryland basketball games. While we can’t bring you into the Terps’ locker room after games – reporters haven’t been allowed in there since the last...
  • Let's raise a toast to the Big East; it's been a great ride

    It’s been a slow death, agonizing to watch for those of us who remember what the Big East represented when it started some 30 years ago. It's been confusing to follow the almost constant updates over the past 14 months since Syracuse and...
  • 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...
  • Martin Breunig, one-time Terps recruit, transfers to Montana from Washington

    Martin Breunig, one-time Terps recruit, transfers to Montana from Washington
    Martin Breunig, the last Maryland signee of the Gary Williams era, is transferring to Montana after two underwhelming seasons at Washington. "We are very excited about signing Martin Breunig at the University of Montana," Grizzlies coach Wayne Tinkle...
  • Sacrifices lead to prime opportunity for G.G. Smith

    Sacrifices lead to prime opportunity for G.G. Smith
    Moving around has always been a big part of new Loyola basketball coach G.G. Smith's life. As a child whose father, Tubby, was a rising star in the college basketball coaching ranks, Smith spent time growing up in college towns like Columbia, S.C.,...
  • 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?...