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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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  • Maryland-bound Faust has City primed for 3-peat

    Maryland-bound Faust has City primed for 3-peat
    Sharpshooting guard Nick Faust spent most of his first season at City knocking down 3-pointers to help the No. 1 Knights capture their second straight state championship last spring. But it was a game in March in which Faust got knocked down, and then...
  • Jordan Williams: Leaving Maryland for NBA 'wasn't an easy decision'

    Jordan Williams: Leaving Maryland for NBA 'wasn't an easy decision'
    Former Maryland center Jordan Williams arrived at Verizon Center Tuesday with a trim new body (19 pounds lighter), a new position (forward) and an explanation for Terps basketball fans on how and why he left the team after his sophomore season to pursue...
  • Competing with undersized frontcourt will be tall order for Terps' Turgeon

    Competing with undersized frontcourt will be tall order for Terps' Turgeon
    When Mark Turgeon was asked about his frontcourt Monday, Maryland's men's basketball coach inhaled deeply like a swimmer about to take an underwater plunge. Five weeks after replacing the retired Gary Williams, Turgeon knows his young team has issues...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Former Terps stars Ernest Graham, Johnny Rhodes to be honored in Comcast Center rafters

    Former Terps stars Ernest Graham, Johnny Rhodes to be honored in Comcast Center rafters
    Maryland has told former basketball players Ernest Graham and Johnny Rhodes that they will soon join 16 other Terps whose names and numbers appear on banners hanging from the Comcast Center rafters. The players — from different eras —...
  • Tahj Holden: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Tahj Holden: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Of the many lessons Tahj Holden learned during his time at Maryland, perhaps the most applicable one in his post-college life has been this: Always have a contingency plan. Holden, an integral member of Maryland’s 2002 national championship team,...