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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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  • Coffee Companion -- 3/16

    Coffee Companion -- 3/16
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some 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:...
  • Tourney talk: Morehead's upset, more Packer and the Tweetup

    Tourney talk: Morehead's upset, more Packer and the Tweetup
    The first real day of the NCAA tournament hasn't disappointed. We've seen a few close games, a couple of buzzer-beaters and one Cinderella step forward with a big upset. And I got paid to watch it all while eating chicken wings at Hightopps, so today...
  • Yow claims Williams sabotaged N.C. State coaching search

    Yow claims Williams sabotaged N.C. State coaching search
    North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow, who feuded with men's basketball coach Gary Williams while holding the same position at Maryland, has accused Williams of sabotaging the Wolfpack's recent search for a new men's basketball coach. "I don&...
  • 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...
  • Maryland to name court for Gary Williams

    Maryland to name court for Gary Williams
    Maryland announced today that it is naming the Comcast Center basketball court for retired men's coach Gary Williams. The plan cleared an important hurdle -- approval by University System of Maryland Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan. The proposal was...
  • Maryland to name Comcast Center court for Gary Williams

    Maryland to name Comcast Center court for Gary Williams
    Maryland said Tuesday that it will name the Comcast Center basketball court for Gary Williams, who retired as men's coach in May after 22 seasons and a school-record 461 wins. Williams will be honored during a Dec. 9 Comcast Center ceremony. He will join...
  • Maryland hopes Pittsburgh, Syracuse aren't the final ACC additions

    Maryland hopes Pittsburgh, Syracuse aren't the final ACC additions
    Now that the Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, there are at least two members that believe the ACC should seriously consider taking the next step by adding two more schools. Maryland and Duke are among those...
  • Maryland Madness scheduled for Oct. 14

    Maryland Madness scheduled for Oct. 14
    Midnight Madness, I mean Maryland Madness, has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 at 9:30 p.m. The event will be held at soon-to-be-but-not-quite-yet Gary Williams Court at Comcast Center. According to Maryland media relations, "The event will mark...
  • Seven Baltimore Colts greats to be inducted into Hall of Legends

    Seven Baltimore Colts greats to be inducted into Hall of Legends
    Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, Raymond Berry, Weeb Ewbank, John Mackey and Jim Parker will be inducted into the Hall of Legends at the Sports Legends Museum on Dec. 6, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation announced...
  • New coach, small team: A look at Terps men's hoops

    New coach, small team: A look at Terps men's hoops
    Maryland basketball media day is scheduled for Wednesday and "Maryland Madness" is Friday night. Terps beat writer Jeff Barker and Sun reporter Don Markus took some time to chat about the upcoming season. Jeff: Don, you know that Maryland is small in the...
  • Terps' Turgeon talks Len, Faust and more before Media Day

    Terps' Turgeon talks Len, Faust and more before Media Day
    Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that he expects to tinker with a "small ball" lineup of four guards this season, and may blend the group with a raw 7-footer who the Maryland men's basketball coach believes possesses as much potential as he does length....
  • Turgeon happy to have freshman Faust in a Maryland uniform

    Turgeon happy to have freshman Faust in a Maryland uniform
    COLLEGE PARK — Top recruit Nick Faust arrived at Maryland with a hitch in his shooting stroke, a tendency to miss the occasional dunk during workouts, and a story to tell about how the Terps almost lost him after coach Gary Williams retired in May....