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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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  • 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...
  • The elite eight -- Wolf squares off against Alsop

     
    Eight remain in the the Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown. Gary Williams is competing against Joe Flacco, John Waters and Michael Phelps are vying for a semi-final berth, and John Astin is vying with Ray Lewis.One pairing matters to us. James Beard......
  • Gary Williams on his recruiting record: 'I think it worked out OK'

    Gary Williams on his recruiting record: 'I think it worked out OK'
    To my knowledge, former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams had not commented publicly about the additions made to new coach Mark Turgeon’s staff -- specifically super recruiter Dalonte Hill -- until he appeared on 106.7 The Fan in...
  • Gary Williams retirement: A good run for a combative, intense coach

    Gary Williams retirement: A good run for a combative, intense coach
    Gary Williams is a man full of passion and perspiration. His basketball teams at the University of Maryland played with bulldog intensity that reflected his toss-the-suit-coat-into-the-stands style. His announcement this week that he was retiring from...
  • Coffee Companion -- 6/7: Orioles win and wooooah, Bundy!

    Coffee Companion -- 6/7: Orioles win and wooooah, Bundy!
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.    Running it back: The...
  • Jordan Williams: Leaving Maryland for NBA 'wasn't an easy decision'

    Jordan Williams: Leaving Maryland for NBA 'wasn't an easy decision'
    Former Maryland center Jordan Williams arrived at Verizon Center Tuesday with a trim new body (19 pounds lighter), a new position (forward) and an explanation for Terps basketball fans on how and why he left the team after his sophomore season to pursue...
  • Competing with undersized frontcourt will be tall order for Terps' Turgeon

    Competing with undersized frontcourt will be tall order for Terps' Turgeon
    When Mark Turgeon was asked about his frontcourt Monday, Maryland's men's basketball coach inhaled deeply like a swimmer about to take an underwater plunge. Five weeks after replacing the retired Gary Williams, Turgeon knows his young team has issues...
  • Stevenson names veteran coach Stewart to lead men's basketball

    Stevenson announced Tuesday that Gary Stewart, a former Division I coach with 230 career victories in 18 college seasons, will serve as men's basketball coach. Stewart replaces Brett Adams, who resigned in March after 17 seasons as the school's first...
  • Williams says goodbye, coaching search heats up

    Williams says goodbye, coaching search heats up
    Gary Williams retired after 22 basketball seasons at Maryland as new details emerged Friday about the school's efforts to keep him, and athletic department officials moved quickly in the search for his successor. Maryland's short list includes Arizona...
  • With Maryland job comes many challenges — and much opportunity

    With Maryland job comes many challenges — and much opportunity
    There is that marvelous recruiting base that runs the length of the Baltimore-Washington corridor. There is the stunning arena, the Comcast Center, where kids — young men — get to play in a pro setting. Now there is the tradition that Gary...