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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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  • Turgeon pushing Maryland to get little things right, says wins will follow

    Turgeon pushing Maryland to get little things right, says wins will follow
    There are times when coach Mark Turgeon is a portrait of anguish on the Maryland sideline. He'll stamp his feet. He'll crouch in front of the bench and lower his head between his legs. He'll gaze up at the rafters, as if searching for inspiration. Fans...
  • Is Terrell Stoglin the next Vasquez or the next Gilchrist?

    Is Terrell Stoglin the next Vasquez or the next Gilchrist?
    Listening to Mark Turgeon and Terrell Stoglin talk when the season began, you didn't know which would happen first -- the new coach sending the sophomore point guard packing or the sophomore point guard doing his best imitation of a Maryland football...
  • 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...
  • Weekend Wrap: Notes on Walker-Kimbrough, Joseph, Bowers

    Weekend Wrap: Notes on Walker-Kimbrough, Joseph, Bowers
    A Maryland-bound basketball player has been named the top female high school athlete in her city. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who committed to the Terps late last month, is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year. Walker-...
  • Gary Williams joins ESPN 980 as college hoops insider

    Gary Williams joins ESPN 980 as college hoops insider
    Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams has added more broadcasting duties to his post-retirement life. Williams, who works as an analyst for the Big Ten Network, will join ESPN 980 -- a Washington-based sports radio station -- as its...
  • James Padgett is Mark Turgeon's biggest reclamation project

    James Padgett is Mark Turgeon's biggest reclamation project
     Coaching changes are not only good for college basketball programs, they are good for players. If the retirement of Gary Williams and the hiring of Mark Turgeon has helped reinvigorate the Terps when it comes to recruiting, it has also benefited ...
  • What's happened to Alex Len?

    What's happened to Alex Len?
    It is the question Maryland basketball fans seem to be asking themselves. Heck, it's the question Mark Turgeon must be asking himself when he goes to sleep at night and gets up in the morning What has happened to Alex Len? The player who had Terps ...
  • Dalonte Hill's arrest comes at a busy time for Turgeon, Terps

    Dalonte Hill's arrest comes at a busy time for Turgeon, Terps
    It is going to be an interesting few days for Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon. Not only will Turgeon have to deal with the prospect of his first two-game losing streak since coming to College Park, the possibility of facing Duke without 7-1...