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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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  • 10 Baltimore sports memories

    1. Ravens-Steelers rivarly Ravens lose in the playoffs to the Steelers in January, igniting months and months of talk about whether Joe Flacco will ever be an elite quarterback and if Cam Cameron is the right offensive coordinator for him. Ravens get a...
  • Sports Legends to induct Ripken, Murray into Hall of Legends

    Sports Legends to induct Ripken, Murray into Hall of Legends
    Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray will be inducted into the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards' Hall of Legends during the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation's annual gala in September, according to a news release. "Cal & Eddie: A Legendary Evening" will...
  • Weekend Wrap: Notes on Walker-Kimbrough, Joseph, Bowers

    Weekend Wrap: Notes on Walker-Kimbrough, Joseph, Bowers
    A Maryland-bound basketball player has been named the top female high school athlete in her city. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who committed to the Terps late last month, is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year. Walker-...
  • Gary Williams joins ESPN 980 as college hoops insider

    Gary Williams joins ESPN 980 as college hoops insider
    Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams has added more broadcasting duties to his post-retirement life. Williams, who works as an analyst for the Big Ten Network, will join ESPN 980 -- a Washington-based sports radio station -- as its...
  • James Padgett is Mark Turgeon's biggest reclamation project

    James Padgett is Mark Turgeon's biggest reclamation project
     Coaching changes are not only good for college basketball programs, they are good for players. If the retirement of Gary Williams and the hiring of Mark Turgeon has helped reinvigorate the Terps when it comes to recruiting, it has also benefited ...
  • What's happened to Alex Len?

    What's happened to Alex Len?
    It is the question Maryland basketball fans seem to be asking themselves. Heck, it's the question Mark Turgeon must be asking himself when he goes to sleep at night and gets up in the morning What has happened to Alex Len? The player who had Terps ...
  • Dalonte Hill's arrest comes at a busy time for Turgeon, Terps

    Dalonte Hill's arrest comes at a busy time for Turgeon, Terps
    It is going to be an interesting few days for Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon. Not only will Turgeon have to deal with the prospect of his first two-game losing streak since coming to College Park, the possibility of facing Duke without 7-1...
  • After eight years of owning Ravens, Bisciotti ready for a Super Bowl

    After eight years of owning Ravens, Bisciotti ready for a Super Bowl
    It was well past midnight, and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was ready to sign off after his team's second straight exhilarating victory over arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers. But Bisciotti had one last thought to share with friend and adviser Ron Shapiro....
  • Small ball might be big part of Terps' game plan

    Small ball might be big part of Terps' game plan
    Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright remembers the moment when much of his philosophy about the game changed, when he went from being a more conventional tactician to becoming the modern-game guru in the art of what he and others call small ball &#...
  • "Gary Williams Court" label to appear in two spots on Comcast floor

    "Gary Williams Court" label to appear in two spots on Comcast floor
    The Comcast Center basketball floor will feature not one, but two markings proclaiming it as "Gary Williams Court." One of the markings -- with the former coach's signature in black, and "court" in red, block letters -- will appear near the visiting team...
  • Terps coach Mark Turgeon ready for first Maryland-Duke game

    Terps coach Mark Turgeon ready for first Maryland-Duke game
    Though the buzz about Wednesday night's Maryland-Duke game at Comcast Center is noticeably lacking compared to other years, Mark Turgeonpointed to the row of cameras he faced Tuesday as a symbol that the interest in still there. Turgeon said that he...
  • How will Mark Turgeon handle Terrell Stoglin?

    How will Mark Turgeon handle Terrell Stoglin?
    I am as curious as anyone about Alex Len, the 7-foot Ukrainian who will make his Maryland debut Friday night in an exhibition game against NAIA power Northwood before sitting out the first 10 games of the regular season. I am also curious -- maybe even...