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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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  • 'Asking Questions' sheds light on family secrets

    'Asking Questions' sheds light on family secrets
    Nancy Murray's new play, "Asking Questions," is a Baltimore Playwrights Festival entry that will have you awaiting some crucial answers at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Murray's tightly scripted one-act is about family secrets. A relatively young-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 &#...
  • 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...
  • In naming court after Williams, prospect of large donation was discussed

    In naming court after Williams, prospect of large donation was discussed
    The debate over whether to name Maryland's basketball court for longtime coach Gary Williams was more complicated than the public knew and included discussion of a possible large donation to the university, according to Board of Regents members. As...
  • First-half impressions of Maryland vs. Northwood

    First-half impressions of Maryland vs. Northwood
    Mark Turgeon started three guards -- Terrell Stoglin, Nick Faust (City) and Sean Mosley (St. Frances) -- against Northwood along with forwards James Padgett and Ashton Pankey. Pankey, who missed his senior year in high school and freshman year at...
  • A look inside the Gary Williams court-naming decision

    A look inside the Gary Williams court-naming decision
    It seemed there was little doubt that the Comcast Center basketball court would one day be named for former Maryland coach Gary Williams. I’d heard about such a proposal  long before Williams announced his retirement in May. It had the support of...
  • Terps basketball preview: Expectations low for Turgeon's first season

    Terps basketball preview: Expectations low for Turgeon's first season
    It was still just the preseason, but this is what it had come to for Maryland's undersized, inexperienced, depth-challenged, work-in-progress men's basketball team: • At a recent scrimmage, the point guard leaned on crutches, the center of the...
  • Turgeon eager for the challenge of building on Gary Williams' legacy

    Turgeon eager for the challenge of building on Gary Williams' legacy
    Know this about Mark Turgeon: He has no reservations, absolutely none, about replacing Gary Williams, the man who resurrected Maryland basketball. If Turgeon was the type to be cowed by a challenge, he would never have tried to play point guard for...
  • Terps beat UNC-Wilmington in Turgeon's regular-season debut

    Terps beat UNC-Wilmington in Turgeon's regular-season debut
    New Maryland coach Mark Turgeon emerged from the Comcast Center tunnel Sunday night to a polite smattering of applause. There was no musical introduction by the band. No fist pump. It was a new era, and it was beginning quietly. But Turgeon, who said...