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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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  • Academic Progress Rates reveal plenty about schools, teams and coaches

    At the risk of sending you straight for the comics: This is a story about numbers. But before sprinting to Mallard Fillmore and Doonesbury, know that these numbers reveal plenty about individual college head coaches and their commitment to education. In...
  • One of Boo Williams import players is headed to the ACC, 2 others could land there, too

    One of Boo Williams import players is headed to the ACC, 2 others could land there, too
    HAMPTON — Three players, three positions, three countries. Three ACC schools? That's the short story of the outside prospects Boo Williams has enlisted for his 2011 basketball road show. With considerable talent in Hampton Roads, Williams didn't...
  • ACC basketball needs coaches as good as 20 years ago

    ACC basketball needs coaches as good as 20 years ago
    During the early 1990s, ACC basketball was the model of stability. Each of the conference's nine coaches advanced in the NCAA tournament and remained on the job at least six years. Eight reached multiple Sweet 16s, and eventually, three won national...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Presidents Cup 2013 dates, times and TV channels

     
    Presidents Cup 2013 dates, times and TV channels: NBC Sports Group will provide a total of more than 70 live hours of coverage of The Presidents Cup from Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The biennial Presidents Cup has the best golfers in...