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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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  • 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...
  • Maryland's application for Big Ten admission approved

    Maryland's application for Big Ten admission approved
    Setting aside almost 60 years of athletic tradition in a quest for greater financial stability, the University of Maryland will join the Big Ten Conference, school and league officials announced Monday after a weekend of whirlwind negotiations. In...
  • 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...
  • Big Ten move took Maryland coaches by surprise

    Big Ten move took Maryland coaches by surprise
    Maryland's decision to move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten not only caught its fans and students — and possibly ACC officials — by surprise. The stunning announcement that was first rumored late last week and was made...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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.,...
  • Pe'Shon Howard transferring away from Maryland for senior season

    Pe'Shon Howard transferring away from Maryland for senior season
    Maryland, which struggled to find the answer at point guard this season, will enter 2013-14 with a new starter at the position after the announcement that incumbent Pe’Shon Howard is transferring to another school for his senior year. Howard, a...