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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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  • 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...
  • Colts Hall of Famers set to reunite for Sports Legends induction

    Colts Hall of Famers set to reunite for Sports Legends induction
    Sitting on stage alongside his aging teammates, having dinner during the Sports Legend Museum induction at Martin's West Tuesday night, 85-year-old Gino Marchetti will chew on this: "It's amazing to me that, after all these years, people are still...
  • Turgeon pushing Maryland to get little things right, says wins will follow

    Turgeon pushing Maryland to get little things right, says wins will follow
    There are times when coach Mark Turgeon is a portrait of anguish on the Maryland sideline. He'll stamp his feet. He'll crouch in front of the bench and lower his head between his legs. He'll gaze up at the rafters, as if searching for inspiration. Fans...
  • Is Terrell Stoglin the next Vasquez or the next Gilchrist?

    Is Terrell Stoglin the next Vasquez or the next Gilchrist?
    Listening to Mark Turgeon and Terrell Stoglin talk when the season began, you didn't know which would happen first -- the new coach sending the sophomore point guard packing or the sophomore point guard doing his best imitation of a Maryland football...
  • Selfless 'winner' Mosley looks to add scoring to his workload

    Selfless 'winner' Mosley looks to add scoring to his workload
    Sean Mosley has spent most of his Maryland basketball career satisfying his coaches and teammates with his steady, blue-collar style but frustrating a segment of the team's fans and his friends at home by not living up to his reputation as a big scorer...
  • Weekend wrap: Terps rising for BeeJay Anya?

    Weekend wrap: Terps rising for BeeJay Anya?
    DeMatha center BeeJay Anya has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. Over the weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville,...
  • Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell goes for win No. 400

    Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell goes for win No. 400
    Fang Mitchell clearly remembers his first win as Coppin State's basketball coach. It came in 1986 and was played at the Community College of Baltimore. "We were 0-9 at the time and it came against North Carolina A&T, which was dominating the conference....
  • In building success, Loyola's Jimmy Patsos stays close to home

    In building success, Loyola's Jimmy Patsos stays close to home
    Jimmy Patsos was in his first season at Loyola when Pat Kennedy, then entering his second year at Towson and coming off a 5-24 season, proclaimed the Tigers to be Baltimore's college basketball team. Other local coaches might have chuckled at Kennedy's...