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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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  • Q&A with Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese

    Q&A with Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese
    Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese is entering her ninth season in College Park, and it might be the most challenging season of her stellar career. The No. 21 Terps will open their season Saturday night against Monmouth with a team so young...
  • Terps' Turgeon: 'He's just a basketball coach'

    Terps' Turgeon: 'He's just a basketball coach'
    In the summer of 1983, an undersized, unrecruited point guard arrived unannounced in new coach Larry Brown's office at Kansas. After talking with him for a few moments, Brown gave Mark Turgeon a spot on the team. "I beat [Division II] Washburn for him,"...
  • A memory that won't fade

    A memory that won't fade
    Everything seemed to be breaking right for the Terps. Until, suddenly, it wasn't. Maryland's men basketball players, led by Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Greivis Vasquez, sat on folding chairs in their tiny dressing room at Spokane (Wash.)...
  • When Williams almost smiled

    When Williams almost smiled
    There is nothing in sports more entertaining than watching Gary Williams work the sideline at a big game. This one fit the bill: Maryland against Duke on a cold March evening, first place in the ACC on the line, a full house at Comcast Center ready to...
  • Your turn: Are you done watching the Terps this season?

    Your turn: Are you done watching the Terps this season?
    The Maryland men's basketball team lost to lowly Virginia on Saturday, the Terps' third straight loss. Now at this week's ACC tournament, the Terps (18-13, 7-9 ACC) will have to go on an improbable run to the title to avoid a trip to the NITs. "What...
  • Turgeon: Maryland is a 'a top-10 or 15 job in the country'

    Turgeon: Maryland is a 'a top-10 or 15 job in the country'
    We haven't heard much from Mark Turgeon since Maryland tabbed him to replace Gary Williams as the school's men's basketball coach. But in an interview with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Tuesday, Turgeon said that he left Texas A&M because coaching at...
  • Getting to know new Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon

    Getting to know new Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon
    Before Mark Turgeon became a blip on Maryland’s radar during its frantic four-day coaching search, I admittedly knew way more about former NHL center Pierre Turgeon than I did about the former Texas A&M coach who was introduced as Maryland’s...
  • New Terps coach Turgeon wants to 'do some great things'

    New Terps coach Turgeon wants to 'do some great things'
    Not even Mark Turgeon's wife had anticipated he was ready to leave Texas A&M to become Maryland's next men's basketball coach. Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson had moved on in his coaching search, believing Turgeon wasn't interested. But there...
  • Lack of 'chemistry' doomed Maryland's deal with Sean Miller

    Lack of 'chemistry' doomed Maryland's deal with Sean Miller
    Maryland's brief flirtation with Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller didn't end because it was outbid, according to multiple sources who said Wednesday that there was more to it than money. Miller and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson...
  • Lefty Driesell thinks Mark Turgeon was a 'great choice'

    Lefty Driesell thinks Mark Turgeon was a 'great choice'
    Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon impressed many people -- this sports blogger included -- during Wednesday’s introductory press conference. But he made a strong impression on Lefty Driesell, who coached Maryland from 1969 to 1986,...
  • Turgeon a fine choice but needs players

    Everyone waited anxiously to see who the next Maryland basketball coach would be to replace Gary Williams, who had a dismal record at Maryland, winning the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship only once in 22 years. To learn that Coach Mark Turgeon was...
  • End the chattel system for student-athletes

    End the chattel system for student-athletes
    Last week, longtime University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams announced his retirement, and very quickly Maryland announced that Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon will replace him. No one doubts that during contract negotiations, Turgeon had...