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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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  • Morning Shootaround: Looking back on Maryland's 86-70 win over Niagara

    Morning Shootaround: Looking back on Maryland's 86-70 win over Niagara
    Welcome back to Morning Shootaround, a regular feature this season the day after Maryland basketball games. We will recap what Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and his players said in the postgame news conference. We will give some of our own insight into what...
  • Automatic qualifiers valuable and necessary for college lacrosse

    Automatic qualifiers valuable and necessary for college lacrosse
    As the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament continues, a couple prominent voices have proposed changing how the field of 68 is composed. Former Maryland coach Gary Williams and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas have suggested eliminating automatic...
  • Jimmy Patsos tries to get Loyola basketball ready for unfamiliar role: favorites

    Jimmy Patsos tries to get Loyola basketball ready for unfamiliar role: favorites
    If Jimmy Patsos' stomach is roiling at the thought of nine other Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches taking aim at him, the Loyola basketball coach wears his tension well. "I'm happy to be the hunted," says a grinning Patsos, sitting on stage at a...
  • What's it with Maryland-North Carolina games and snow?

    What's it with Maryland-North Carolina games and snow?
    What is it with Maryland and North Carolina when it comes to snowstorms? With a prediction of a major snowfall hitting the region starting Tuesday night and going well into Wednesday, the plans of many hoping to attend Wednesday night’s game...
  • Will it be a 'Snowmageddon' repeat for the Terps vs. North Carolina?

    Will it be a 'Snowmageddon' repeat for the Terps vs. North Carolina?
    If Maryland plays North Carolina on Wednesday half as well as it did the last time a monster snowfall hit the region, Mark Turgeon will be a happy man. With weather forecasters calling for up to a foot or more of snow starting tonight and into tomorrow,...
  • Saluting Lefty Driesell, one of basketball's most interesting coaches of all time

    Saluting Lefty Driesell, one of basketball's most interesting coaches of all time
    Lefty Driesell’s career at Maryland was coming to an end when a sportswriter who had spent the first 10 years of his career in New York showed up to cover the Terrapins for The Baltimore Sun. It was the summer of 1985 and there were rumors that...
  • Terps Trio: Inconsistent big men, Lefty Driesell, first football recruit

    Terps Trio: Inconsistent big men, Lefty Driesell, first football recruit
    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. A lot has been made about the erratic play at point guard this season for the Terps. How has a lack of...
  • Lefty Driesell sees Saturday's recognition as a nod to the players of his era

    Lefty Driesell sees Saturday's recognition as a nod to the players of his era
    COLLEGE PARK — Lefty Driesell is more than 26 years and 220 miles removed from Maryland's men's basketball program. At 81, the former coach doesn't get to many games anymore. But from his condo in Virginia Beach, Va., Driesell thinks about his...
  • 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: Maryland vs. West Virginia, Danny O'Brien and Kam Williams

    Terps Trio: Maryland vs. West Virginia, Danny O'Brien and Kam Williams
    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. What is the mood of Maryland's football program heading to West Virginia on Saturday as a four-touchdown...
  • Terps fall to Virginia, 80-69, at Comcast Center

    Terps fall to Virginia, 80-69, at Comcast Center
    The Maryland crowd kept looking for a reason to celebrate Sunday. Restless and fidgety, the gold-clad students were like champagne bottles waiting to be uncorked. There was so much at stake for the Terps — a chance to beat a potent rival, to...
  • Terps Trio: Alex Len unveiled, Sam Cassell Jr.'s plans, football season so far

    Terps Trio: Alex Len unveiled, Sam Cassell Jr.'s plans, football season so far
    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. Coach Mark Turgeon talked this week about how much center Alex Len has progressed during the offseason....