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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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  • 2011: A re-wind

    2011: A re-wind
    Fast cars zipped around downtown Baltimore streets and, it turns out, the race promoters' financial messes. A robocall that urged voters to relax and stay home led jurors to a vote of their own: guilty of election fraud. We bade farewell to an iconic...
  • 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...
  • 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 —...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Amid coaching changes, ACC is rebuilding

    Amid coaching changes, ACC is rebuilding
    The Atlantic Coast Conference has always had a reputation for being a top-heavy basketball league, especially when its top two teams, North Carolina and Duke, were significantly better than their competition. As ACC play begins this weekend, there is a...
  • 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...
  • Could Turgeon turn to football team for help in frontcourt?

    Could Turgeon turn to football team for help in frontcourt?
    Mark Turgeon needs bodies — the new Maryland men's basketball coach has just eight scholarship players remaining — and he said Thursday that he isn't ruling out turning to the football team for frontcourt help. One Terps football player he...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...