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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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  • End the chattel system for student-athletes

    End the chattel system for student-athletes
    Last week, longtime University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams announced his retirement, and very quickly Maryland announced that Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon will replace him. No one doubts that during contract negotiations, Turgeon had...
  • Linking scholarship cuts and coach's salary is flawed

    Letter writer Don Fusting ( "Cuts for scholarships millions for basketball coach" letter May 13) seems to be confused. The cuts to the Maryland Distinguished Scholars program have nothing to do with salary of the new, or the recently retired, University...
  • Selfless 'winner' Mosley looks to add scoring to his workload

    Selfless 'winner' Mosley looks to add scoring to his workload
    Sean Mosley has spent most of his Maryland basketball career satisfying his coaches and teammates with his steady, blue-collar style but frustrating a segment of the team's fans and his friends at home by not living up to his reputation as a big scorer...
  • Weekend wrap: Terps rising for BeeJay Anya?

    Weekend wrap: Terps rising for BeeJay Anya?
    DeMatha center BeeJay Anya has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. Over the weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville,...
  • Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell goes for win No. 400

    Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell goes for win No. 400
    Fang Mitchell clearly remembers his first win as Coppin State's basketball coach. It came in 1986 and was played at the Community College of Baltimore. "We were 0-9 at the time and it came against North Carolina A&T, which was dominating the conference....
  • In building success, Loyola's Jimmy Patsos stays close to home

    In building success, Loyola's Jimmy Patsos stays close to home
    Jimmy Patsos was in his first season at Loyola when Pat Kennedy, then entering his second year at Towson and coming off a 5-24 season, proclaimed the Tigers to be Baltimore's college basketball team. Other local coaches might have chuckled at Kennedy's...
  • Anderson deserves the brunt of the blame for Terps football woes

    Anderson deserves the brunt of the blame for Terps football woes
    A year ago today, Kevin Anderson announced that he was firing Ralph Friedgen after the longtime Maryland football coach refused to retire. A year ago today, the mess that is now the Maryland football program began to take hold in College Park. While...
  • 10 Baltimore sports memories

    1. Ravens-Steelers rivarly Ravens lose in the playoffs to the Steelers in January, igniting months and months of talk about whether Joe Flacco will ever be an elite quarterback and if Cam Cameron is the right offensive coordinator for him. Ravens get a...
  • Despite the mystery, Alex Len has Maryland fans buzzing

    Despite the mystery, Alex Len has Maryland fans buzzing
    The debut of Maryland center Alex Len tonight against Albany brings to mind other first games for former Terps. Coming into College Park, most were more celebrated than 7-footer from the Ukraine, but few were as important as Len could be to this season&...
  • 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 —...