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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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  • The Last Word with Berend Weijs

    The Last Word with Berend Weijs
    Berend Weijs was a favorite of Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon. It’s not that the 6-foot-10 center was a top scorer. But he was affable, worked hard in practice and was a shot blocker. Weijs had an eventful two years. He played...
  • For ex-Terp Walt Williams, an uphill battle

    Walt Williams isn't one to shy away from a challenge. The former NBA veteran, after all, is perhaps best known for playing under the most trying circumstances in the history of Maryland basketball. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the Terps were...
  • The Last Word with Sean Mosley

    The Last Word with Sean Mosley
    Coming out of St. Frances four years ago, Sean Mosley was the second-highest scorer in Marylandhigh school history with 2,933 points. Throughout his college career, fans kept waiting for Mosley to turn into a big scorer for the Terps. It never happened,...
  • Terps basketball preview: Expectations low for Turgeon's first season

    Terps basketball preview: Expectations low for Turgeon's first season
    It was still just the preseason, but this is what it had come to for Maryland's undersized, inexperienced, depth-challenged, work-in-progress men's basketball team: • At a recent scrimmage, the point guard leaned on crutches, the center of the...
  • Turgeon eager for the challenge of building on Gary Williams' legacy

    Turgeon eager for the challenge of building on Gary Williams' legacy
    Know this about Mark Turgeon: He has no reservations, absolutely none, about replacing Gary Williams, the man who resurrected Maryland basketball. If Turgeon was the type to be cowed by a challenge, he would never have tried to play point guard for...
  • Terps beat UNC-Wilmington in Turgeon's regular-season debut

    Terps beat UNC-Wilmington in Turgeon's regular-season debut
    New Maryland coach Mark Turgeon emerged from the Comcast Center tunnel Sunday night to a polite smattering of applause. There was no musical introduction by the band. No fist pump. It was a new era, and it was beginning quietly. But Turgeon, who said...
  • Analyzing Maryland's 71-62 win over UNC-Wilmington

    Analyzing Maryland's 71-62 win over UNC-Wilmington
    A new Maryland basketball era began Sunday night with a 71-62 victory over UNC-Wilmington. It actually began with Terrell Stoglin on the bench. Though neither first-year coach Mark Turgeon nor Stoglin would say what led to the benching, you get the...
  • Padgett comes out of his shell for Terps

    Padgett comes out of his shell for Terps
    James Padgett came to Maryland three years with a reputation as a voracious rebounder and defender, the guy who did all the dirty work for Lance Stephenson at a Brooklyn basketball factory known as Lincoln High School. That image eroded during Padgett'...
  • Births: Three Columbia families welcome new additions

    Kimberly and Travis Williams, of Columbia, announce the birth of their son, Brayden Paul Williams, on Oct. 17, 2011, at 8:02 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. His siblings are Keagan and Landon. His grandparents are Linda Hayden, of Silver Spring; Paul...
  • Gary Williams to work for Big Ten Network

    Gary Williams to work for Big Ten Network
    Former Maryland coach Gary Williams will serve as a men's college basketball analyst this season for the Big Ten Network. Williams, who will work primarily as a studio analyst, was Ohio State's coach from 1986-89. He left Columbus for College Park and...
  • UM athletics cuts: College Park suffers from its bad bet on basketball

    The flagship university for the state of Maryland, which happens to be a pioneer member of the Bowl Championship Series-rich Atlantic Coast Conference and resides in a state that boasts the wealthiest county in the country, has announced it will eliminate...
  • Big test for Terps coming against Illinois

    Big test for Terps coming against Illinois
    Gary Williams used to take the ACC/Big Ten Challenge personally, in part because of his uber-competitive nature as well as the fact that he came to Maryland from Ohio State. It showed in the way his teams played, winning nine of the 12 games in the...