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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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  • 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...
  • Looking at the college hoops transfers from Baltimore, DI schools in Maryland

    Looking at the college hoops transfers from Baltimore, DI schools in Maryland
    CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman posted his amazingly comprehensive Division I basketball transfer list this morning. With 300-plus names and counting, there were sure to be tons of local guys mentioned. Sure enough, eight players from the Baltimore...
  • Terps' Berend Weijs hopes to have bigger role — and body — this season

    Terps' Berend Weijs hopes to have bigger role — and body — this season
    By the time Berend Weijs was done last March with a frustrating junior season at Maryland, he knew something had to change before he took the court this season for new coach Mark Turgeon. At 6 feet 10 and 200 pounds last season, Weijs was the kind of...
  • 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...
  • 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...