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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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  • Sean Mosley faces the end of his Terps career with little regret

    Sean Mosley faces the end of his Terps career with little regret
    The signs of a career helplessly curtailed are there on every inside screen, as Sean Mosley pushes off a tender right ankle and twists his body around another, limping all the while. They're there as he looks over a Maryland locker room — his locker...
  • Tahj Holden: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Tahj Holden: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Of the many lessons Tahj Holden learned during his time at Maryland, perhaps the most applicable one in his post-college life has been this: Always have a contingency plan. Holden, an integral member of Maryland’s 2002 national championship team,...
  • Terps suffer 85-69 loss to top-seeded Tar Heels in ACC quarterfinals

    Terps suffer 85-69 loss to top-seeded Tar Heels in ACC quarterfinals
    csprtContainer(); Almost nobody believed that eighth-seeded Maryland would win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but there were nevertheless tears in a hushed locker room Friday after the Terps suffered what was probably a season-ending loss...
  • Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps

    Turgeon is off to a good start with Terps
    Mark Turgeon’s first season at Maryland likely ended with an 85-69 loss to top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament Friday in Atlanta.  Despite the Terps losing four of their last five games and with seemingly little...
  • Byron Mouton: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Byron Mouton: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Byron Mouton has often had to reinvent himself. A big scorer in high school in Louisiana who turned into more of a defensive stopper during his two seasons at Maryland, Mouton tried to start an online basketball apparel company while finishing his...
  • Steve Blake: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Steve Blake: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Steve Blake has carved together what is now a nine-year NBA career by feeding the ball to a list of All-Stars – from Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas in Washington, to Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony in Denver, to LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland...
  • Dave Dickerson: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Dave Dickerson: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    Dave Dickerson has often looked for stability in his college coaching career, in part because his own playing career at Marylandwas marked by instability – and tragedy. Recruited to play for Lefty Driesell, Dickerson had finished his freshman...
  • Mike Grinnon: 10 years after Maryland's national title

    Mike Grinnon: 10 years after Maryland's national title
    If there was a trivia game about the history of Maryland basketball, Mike Grinnon would likely be a stumper to the question: who is the only men’s player in school history to play on both a national championship team and an ACC tournament champion?...
  • 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...