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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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  • InsideMDSports: Junior guard Stanford Robinson talks Terps offer

    InsideMDSports: Junior guard Stanford Robinson talks Terps offer
    Editor's note: Each week, InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. Growing up in the shadow of College Park, Stanford Robinson followed Maryland basketball attending...
  • Can Terps hoops be sneaky good?

    Can Terps hoops be sneaky good?
    The fine and distinguished media members who cover ACC men's hoops are picking the Terps ninth in the conference this season. My pithy assessment? It's hard to compete over the long haul with limited height and depth. So, yes, the bar has been set...
  • Kevin Van Valkenburg: A fond farewell to The Sun and its readers

    Kevin Van Valkenburg: A fond farewell to The Sun and its readers
    In the Spring of 2000, I was winding down my senior year at the University of Montana. And though I couldn't put the feeling into words, each day, I wandered around my hometown of Missoula feeling directionless. I had no plans after graduation. I had been...
  • Faust stars at Maryland basketball scrimmage

    Faust stars at Maryland basketball scrimmage
    It says something about Maryland’s bad preseason fortunes that three of the best players attending Saturday’s scrimmage ¬†were not on the court. There was Pe’Shon Howard, the slick-passing sophomore guard¬† who arrived at Comcast Center...
  • Baxter bounces back with hard-shell finish

    Baxter bounces back with hard-shell finish
    Finally, the Final Four light shone through for Maryland's Lonny Baxter, a steady force in his team's 64-52 win over Indiana for the national championship. With 15 points and 14 rebounds last night, the senior from Silver Spring, Md., erased unpleasant...
  • Fearless Juan Dixon points way again

    Fearless Juan Dixon points way again
    Whether it was beating Illinois and Duke when he was a sophomore or Connecticut in the East Regional final to keep his college career alive, Juan Dixon always had a flair for the dramatic, and the final three-pointer of his magnificent run at the...
  • Maryland pulls away late to top dogged Hoosiers, win first national crown

    Maryland pulls away late to top dogged Hoosiers, win first national crown
    The final buzzer sounded, Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter tumbled to the Georgia Dome floor locked in a joyous embrace, and the Maryland Terrapins had completed their historic journey by winning the first men's national basketball championship in school...
  • Walk-ons fill their role and Maryland's roster

    Walk-ons fill their role and Maryland's roster
    They are an eclectic group, more typical of college students who find themselves living in the same dormitory than basketball players who wind up on the same Division I team. As they hung out together during Maryland's Media Day earlier this month at...
  • Dalonte Hill settling in as high-profile Maryland assistant

    Dalonte Hill settling in as high-profile Maryland assistant
    Long before he began recruiting future NBA No. 2 draft pick Michael Beasley for Kansas State, Dalonte Hill said he grasped something important about the player's personality. Beasley, Hill noticed, wasn't responding well to college coaches' incessant...
  • Towson Twitter ban comes as legislators move to protect student freedoms

    Towson Twitter ban comes as legislators move to protect student freedoms
    Towson's resurgent football season ended when wide receiver Ryan Spadola had 13 catches — a Johnny Unitas Stadium record —to help Lehigh beat the Tigers in the playoffs in December. The next week, Spadola didn't even play. He'd been suspended...
  • Future can wait for Loyola's Shane Walker

    Future can wait for Loyola's Shane Walker
    The past and future for Shane Walker are back home in England. He left there in 2005 to pursue a basketball career in the United States that included playing for two high schools in three years and a college career that began at the University of Maryland...
  • ACC expansion will change Maryland-Duke rivalry

    ACC expansion will change Maryland-Duke rivalry
    When Maryland visits Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, there is bound to be at least one chant from the Duke students downplaying the basketball history between the two schools. "Not our rivals," clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. "Not our rivals," clap,...