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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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  • Contracts of Terps' basketball assistants released

    Contracts of Terps' basketball assistants released
    The contracts released Friday of Maryland's assistant men's basketball coaches provide the tangible evidence of what we long suspected to be true -- it's a new era in assistants' salaries. It was just several years ago that the salaries of Maryland's...
  • Terps freshman Nick Faust shooting his way out of early-season slump

    Terps freshman Nick Faust shooting his way out of early-season slump
    The perception of what constitutes a good shot is often viewed differently by basketball players and coaches. A player might believe that a good shot is one that goes in, while a coach feels that it is one taken within the context of the team's offense....
  • Promising Maryland basketball recruiting class will get chance to make early impact

    Promising Maryland basketball recruiting class will get chance to make early impact
    Seth Allen wasn't quite satisfied. Sure, the Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian combo guard is part of an incoming Maryland basketball class brimming with possibility. It's a confident, five-member group that knows it has the opportunity to make a swift...
  • Our Take: The week in Maryland sports

    Our Take: The week in Maryland sports
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the biggest topic of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland’s incoming men’s basketball class has expressed great confidence, and Mark Turgeon said...
  • The Last Word with Berend Weijs

    The Last Word with Berend Weijs
    Berend Weijs was a favorite of Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon. It’s not that the 6-foot-10 center was a top scorer. But he was affable, worked hard in practice and was a shot blocker. Weijs had an eventful two years. He played...
  • Lonny Baxter: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Lonny Baxter: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Lonny Baxter’s life changed dramatically in the summer of 2006. Four years removed from helping Maryland win the national championship, Baxter’s short-lived NBA career was already in jeopardy after he was released by the Houston Rockets–...
  • Preston: Maryland championship team understood teamwork

    Preston: Maryland championship team understood teamwork
    When the Maryland men's basketball team won its national championship 10 years ago, it was uniquely different than a lot of those won during that era. The Terps, who finished 32-4 in 2001-02, had no superstars on the roster, and three of the starters...
  • Ten years after the championship: Q&A with Gary Williams

    Ten years after the championship: Q&A with Gary Williams
    Gary Williams spent this college basketball season out of coaching for the first time in more than four decades. A fundraiser for the university and an analyst for the Big Ten Network and ESPN 980 in Rockville, Williams was honored Wednesday night at...
  • 10 years after the national title, Juan Dixon says he's 'going to get back to the NBA'

    10 years after the national title, Juan Dixon says he's 'going to get back to the NBA'
    The biggest overachiever in Maryland basketball history -- maybe in the modern college game -- is trying to beat the odds again. At age 33, a decade after leading the Terps to the NCAA men's championship, three years removed from his last NBA game and...
  • Patterson, St. Frances boys hoop teams headed to Milwaukee

    Patterson, St. Frances boys hoop teams headed to Milwaukee
    Patterson boys basketball coach Harry Martin received a text message from one of his players Friday morning with a simple request: toothpaste.  The No. 1 Clippers and No. 6 St. Frances are flying to Milwaukee to compete in Saturday's Under Armour...
  • Mychal Parker transferring from Maryland

    Mychal Parker transferring from Maryland
    Sophomore wing Mychal Parker, at one point the centerpiece of former coach Gary Williams’ last recruiting class at Maryland, will transfer after two inconsistent seasons at the school, a team spokesman confirmed Monday. In a lengthy statement...
  • High school coach talks about Mychal Parker's transfer

    High school coach talks about Mychal Parker's transfer
    Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of Mychal Parker’s development during his two-year stay at Maryland was one which fans couldn’t see, much less appreciate. A “solid C+” student in high school, according to a 2010 Rivals.com...