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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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  • Hewitt capable of keeping George Mason among CAA's best

    Hewitt capable of keeping George Mason among CAA's best
    Few college basketball teams replace one Final Four coach with another. Kentucky transitioned from Joe B. Hall to Eddie Sutton to Rick Pitino, Louisville from Denny Crum to Pitino, UCLA from John Wooden to Gene Bartow. Add George Mason to the list....
  • Is Capel's return to Duke part of Krzyzewski's eventual exit strategy?

    Is Capel's return to Duke part of Krzyzewski's eventual exit strategy?
    As coaching trees go, Mike Krzyzewski's is hardly a towering pine. It's not Charlie Brown's Christmas shrub, but suffice to say the branches could use some work. All of which add intrigue to Jeff Capel's return to Duke and the perennial speculation as to...
  • 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...
  • Preston: Maryland championship team understood teamwork

    Preston: Maryland championship team understood teamwork
    When the Maryland men's basketball team won its national championship 10 years ago, it was uniquely different than a lot of those won during that era. The Terps, who finished 32-4 in 2001-02, had no superstars on the roster, and three of the starters...
  • Florida State a serious ACC contender as UNC copes with Strickland's absence

    Florida State a serious ACC contender as UNC copes with Strickland's absence
    Florida State and coach Leonard Hamilton are poised to join select company, North Carolina is adjusting to a season-ending injury, and North Carolina State's Scott Wood can't miss — at least from the foul line. Those are among the subplots as ACC...
  • Take bow, champs, for all Terps who didn't

    Take bow, champs, for all Terps who didn't
    The University of Maryland put its name in the history books and brought a championship banner to College Park last night as the Terps officially became an elite member of college basketball. It wasn't pretty. Actually, it may have been one of the...
  • Other champions probably greater, but few teams have ever been tougher

    Other champions probably greater, but few teams have ever been tougher
    The pundits and basketball junkies are already discussing the University of Maryland's place among college basketball's elite. But for those who engage in such dialogue, they might miss the story line of Maryland's 2002 national championship run. It...
  • NCAA needs to shake up enforcement efforts

    NCAA needs to shake up enforcement efforts
    These are dark times for the NCAA. As an organization in charge of monitoring all things college athletics, the NCAA has prided itself with creating a certain brand of integrity. That integrity, however, has taken a big hit as of late. From the way it...
  • Thirty weapons stolen from Indianapolis gun store

    Thirty weapons stolen from Indianapolis gun store
    A weekend burglary at an Indianapolis gun shop resulted in about 30 handguns unaccounted for out on the streets. Saturday morning, an employee arrived at the Family Indoor Shooting Range located near Post Road and Washington Street.  The employee told...
  • Building a case: FSU’s Leonard Hamilton should be ACC’s COY

     
    For some of you the headline above is more of a statement of fact rather than a question with room for doubt. But, since there are still games left on the regular season schedule, there is a chance that the ACC's Coach of the Year Award won't go to...
  • Kentucky Wildcats have no shot of beating NBA team

     
    Either or, the big buzz in some circles seems to be that the dominant Kentucky Wildcats could beat some of the lesser NBA teams like the Charlotte Bobcats or the Washington Wizards...
  • 2012 Masters TV schedule

     
    Golf’s first major tournament of the year, The Masters, returns to Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 5-8 as the top players in the game compete for the coveted green jacket and a place in golf history. Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald,...