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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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–...
  • 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?...
  • 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...