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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 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....
  • Bill Self's extension at Kansas is good news for Terps hoops fans

    Bill Self's extension at Kansas is good news for Terps hoops fans
    Maryland basketball fans might have received some good news Friday night – and it had nothing to do with the Harrison twins. Bill Self signed a longtime extension at Kansas on Friday, meaning that second-year coach Mark Turgeon is not going...
  • Maryland to honor Lefty Driesell with bronze relief, sources say

    Maryland to honor Lefty Driesell with bronze relief, sources say
    Maryland has finalized plans to honor former basketball coach Lefty Driesell with a bronze relief that will hang at Comcast Center, sources say. Driesell is to be honored at the Clemson game Feb. 23. Then, on April 16, a number of Driesell’s...
  • Clutch 3-point play by Padgett sends Terps to cathartic win

    Clutch 3-point play by Padgett sends Terps to cathartic win
    Maryland came into Tuesday’s game at Comcast Center against Miami trying to chase away some ghosts from its recent past. The demons came from a double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes three weeks before in Coral Gables, Fla., and a second-half...
  • Maryland students cope with another Williams departure

    Maryland students cope with another Williams departure
    On a warm spring day when the only thing Maryland students would have had to complain about was a strong, gusting wind, the school and basketball program were dealt another shocking blow in as many days. This time, the winds of change carried away coach...
  • Maryland coach Gary Williams retires

    Maryland coach Gary Williams retires
    Gary Williams -- the animated coach who helped resurrect Maryland men's basketball and led the team to its first national championship in 2002 -- stunned players and the university community by abruptly retiring Thursday after 22 seasons at his alma...
  • Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams is retiring

    Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams is retiring
    UPDATE: Read the Baltimore Sun story on the retirement of Gary Williams Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams is retiring, the school announced in an official press release Thursday afternoon. Williams, who spent 22 years at Maryland and...
  • Maryland hires Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon

    Maryland hires Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon
    Maryland on Monday night hired Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon -- a Larry Brown disciple at Kansas who has been likened to Gary Williams -- to replace Williams as men's basketball coach. Turgeon, 46, was hired after being interviewed by athletic director...
  • Loyola draws Ohio State in NCAA tournament

    Jimmy Patsos prepared his Loyola University basketball team for this year's NCAA tournament long before the Greyhounds earned the school's first automatic bid in 18 years last week. The planning began in December, when Loyola played road games at St....
  • Dream season comes to an end for Loyola

    Dream season comes to an end for Loyola
    PITTSBURGH -- Jimmy Patsos pointed to the white board in his team's dressing room at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday night, the names of the Ohio State players scrawled in red marker, their stats in black. He came to the names of sophomore forwards...
  • 10 things to know about Loyola basketball

    10 things to know about Loyola basketball
    For reasons not entirely clear to me, I’ve been to most of the Loyola basketball home games this season. The crowds understandably grew as the season went on, but that didn’t stop me from getting a good vantage point and watching the team grow...