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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...
  • 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....
  • 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......
  • Coffee Companion -- 6/21: Baltimore beats down Pittsburgh

    Coffee Companion -- 6/21: Baltimore beats down Pittsburgh
    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...
  • 'Asking Questions' sheds light on family secrets

    'Asking Questions' sheds light on family secrets
    Nancy Murray's new play, "Asking Questions," is a Baltimore Playwrights Festival entry that will have you awaiting some crucial answers at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Murray's tightly scripted one-act is about family secrets. A relatively young-...
  • Maryland notebook: Gary Williams receiving $400,000 salary

    Maryland notebook: Gary Williams receiving $400,000 salary
    In the months since his retirement, former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams has been deployed by the university as a fundraiser and high-level salesman. For his work — and perhaps also in deference to his 22 years of service —...
  • Baltimore Ravens fans eager for season opener

    Baltimore Ravens fans eager for season opener
    Greeting the start of the new Ravens season today might feel a lot like anticipating what's under the tree while padding downstairs on Christmas morning. Will the big package tucked beneath the lower branches be a second Super Bowl appearance, which fans...
  • Naming court after Gary Williams is no slam dunk

    Naming court after Gary Williams is no slam dunk
    Long before Gary Williams pumped his fist for the last time at Comcast Center before retiring, there were efforts underway to name the arena's basketball court after the coach who won a school-record 461 Maryland men's basketball games. Four months after...
  • Gary Williams says Terps will be in NCAA tournament in 2012

    Gary Williams says Terps will be in NCAA tournament in 2012
    Less than 48 hours after the Terps were snubbed by the NIT selection committee -- how sad is that? -- Maryland coach Gary Williams is already looking ahead to the 2012 NCAA tournament. In an interview with Kelli Johnson of Comcast SportsNet, Williams...