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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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  • Terps suffer 85-69 loss to top-seeded Tar Heels in ACC quarterfinals

    Terps suffer 85-69 loss to top-seeded Tar Heels in ACC quarterfinals
    Almost nobody believed that eighth-seeded Maryland would win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but there were nevertheless tears in a hushed locker room Friday after the Terps suffered what was probably a season-ending loss to a top-seeded North...
  • Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps

    Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps
    Mark Turgeon’s first season at Maryland likely ended with an 85-69 loss to top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament Friday in Atlanta.  Despite the Terps losing four of their last five games and with seemingly little...
  • Byron Mouton: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Byron Mouton: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Byron Mouton has often had to reinvent himself. A big scorer in high school in Louisiana who turned into more of a defensive stopper during his two seasons at Maryland, Mouton tried to start an online basketball apparel company while finishing his...
  • Steve Blake: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Steve Blake: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Steve Blake has carved together what is now a nine-year NBA career by feeding the ball to a list of All-Stars – from Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas in Washington, to Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony in Denver, to LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland...
  • Dave Dickerson: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Dave Dickerson: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Dave Dickerson has often looked for stability in his college coaching career, in part because his own playing career at Marylandwas marked by instability – and tragedy. Recruited to play for Lefty Driesell, Dickerson had finished his freshman...
  • Mike Grinnon: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Mike Grinnon: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    If there was a trivia game about the history of Maryland basketball, Mike Grinnon would likely be a stumper to the question: who is the only men’s player in school history to play on both a national championship team and an ACC tournament champion?...
  • 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...
  • Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz commits to the Terps

    Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz commits to the Terps
    Other than watching Juan Dixon and Steve Francis play while he was growing up, Evan Smotrycz “really had no connection” to the Maryland basketball program.  Smotrycz wasn’t recruited by Gary Williams’ Terps or Mark Turgeon’s...
  • ESPN's Lunardi, other national experts lukewarm on Terps' prospects for 2012-13 season

    ESPN's Lunardi, other national experts lukewarm on Terps' prospects for 2012-13 season
    The excitement that is building locally for Maryland  basketball is not exactly resonating among the national experts. While ESPN’s Andy Katz has the 2012-13 Terps among his 15 teams on the cusp of the Top 25, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman...
  • Best and worst of the Maryland beat

    Best and worst of the Maryland beat
    It's been five years since I arrived on the Maryland beat, beginning by filling in on some 2007 games. That's long enough for a retrospective -- a bloggy montage -- of memorable Maryland moments during the period. Feel free to add some of your own....
  • Tough decisions have marked Anderson's 18-month tenure in College Park

    Tough decisions have marked Anderson's 18-month tenure in College Park
    The first months of a college athletic director's tenure are typically spent getting a feel for the landscape. For Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, his first seven months included leading a major overhaul that included the messy divorce with a...
  • Actor Kevin Bacon judges charity competition at College Park

    Actor Kevin Bacon judges charity competition at College Park
    Actor Kevin Bacon brought his star power to a charity event Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park. But the cheers the actor received were not as loud as the hoots and hollers directed toward the six student groups competing for $5,000...