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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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  • Williams and Stoglin could be dynamic tag-team for Terps

    Terrell Stoglin poured in 25 points Sunday during Maryland's critical 87-80 victory over N.C. State, stealing a little bit of the spotlight from Grievis Vasquez, who was on hand at Comcast Center to see his jersey go into the rafters. Of course...
  • Terps still have fight left in them, but time has run out

    Terps still have fight left in them, but time has run out
    Written off by many a couple of weeks ago, Maryland kept fighting, like always, and picked up a pair of critical wins over N.C. State and Florida State. The Terps kept slugging away Sunday night, but they had no answer for the Tar Heels' size and length....
  • Could stiff penalties against Penn State help Maryland football program?

    Could stiff penalties against Penn State help Maryland football program?
    The NCAA is expected to announce signficant penalties against the Penn State football program Monday in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Several reports suggest that the Nittany Lions won’t become the second program to be...
  • Terps' sanctions were different, but Gary Williams can relate to Penn State's Bill O'Brien

    Terps' sanctions were different, but Gary Williams can relate to Penn State's Bill O'Brien
    In the spring of 1989, an up-and-coming Division I basketball coach returned to his alma mater, leaving a prestigious job and a burgeoning national reputation behind. The coach was aware that his new program was about to be sanctioned by the NCAA for...
  • Coffee Companion for July 24, 2012

    Coffee Companion for July 24, 2012
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.   ** Ravens first-round pick Courtney Upshaw will begin training camp on the non-...
  • Ralph Friedgen releases statement urging Terps to move forward, then looks back

    Ralph Friedgen releases statement urging Terps to move forward, then looks back
    An interesting e-mail was sent today to members of the Baltimore-Washington media covering Maryland  athletics. It came from former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen, who wrote about the accomplishments of his program during his 10-year tenure. But the...
  • Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

    Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup
    After suffering a broken bone in his left hand in December, Seth Allen's senior season appeared in doubt. The Maryland-bound combo guard, however, wouldn't let an injury derail his final year of high school basketball. Allen returned to his...
  • Notes on Alex Len's impressive debut

    Notes on Alex Len's impressive debut
    Here are notes on Maryland's 83-72 victory over Albany. Might this be the game where things  turn in the Terps' favor? The players keep saying that having 7-footer Alex Len (14 points, eight rebounds) in the lineup -- along with recently-returned point...
  • Former Terps guard Johnny Rhodes to finally get credit he deserves at Comcast Center

    Former Terps guard Johnny Rhodes to finally get credit he deserves at Comcast Center
    Johnny Rhodes has often been overlooked in the discussion of Maryland’s greatest all-time players. That is not surprising, since Rhodes rarely got a ton of credit even as he helped the Terps begin their turnaround under Gary Williams during the mid-...
  • Clutch 3-point play by Padgett sends Terps to cathartic win

    Clutch 3-point play by Padgett sends Terps to cathartic win
    Maryland came into Tuesday’s game at Comcast Center against Miami trying to chase away some ghosts from its recent past. The demons came from a double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes three weeks before in Coral Gables, Fla., and a second-half...
  • Turgeon wants Terps to be more rugged on the road

    Turgeon wants Terps to be more rugged on the road
    COLLEGE PARK — It's the time of the college basketball season when many coaches become amateur statisticians and bracket pundits, sizing up their schools' records against scores of other would-be participants in the NCAA and NIT tournaments. But...
  • Sean Mosley faces the end of his Terps career with little regret

    Sean Mosley faces the end of his Terps career with little regret
    The signs of a career helplessly curtailed are there on every inside screen, as Sean Mosley pushes off a tender right ankle and twists his body around another, limping all the while. They're there as he looks over a Maryland locker room — his locker...