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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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  • Seven Baltimore Colts greats to be inducted into Hall of Legends

    Seven Baltimore Colts greats to be inducted into Hall of Legends
    Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers Art Donovan, Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, Raymond Berry, Weeb Ewbank, John Mackey and Jim Parker will be inducted into the Hall of Legends at the Sports Legends Museum on Dec. 6, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation announced...
  • New coach, small team: A look at Terps men's hoops

    New coach, small team: A look at Terps men's hoops
    Maryland basketball media day is scheduled for Wednesday and "Maryland Madness" is Friday night. Terps beat writer Jeff Barker and Sun reporter Don Markus took some time to chat about the upcoming season. Jeff: Don, you know that Maryland is small in the...
  • Terps' Turgeon talks Len, Faust and more before Media Day

    Terps' Turgeon talks Len, Faust and more before Media Day
    Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that he expects to tinker with a "small ball" lineup of four guards this season, and may blend the group with a raw 7-footer who the Maryland men's basketball coach believes possesses as much potential as he does length....
  • Turgeon happy to have freshman Faust in a Maryland uniform

    Turgeon happy to have freshman Faust in a Maryland uniform
    COLLEGE PARK — Top recruit Nick Faust arrived at Maryland with a hitch in his shooting stroke, a tendency to miss the occasional dunk during workouts, and a story to tell about how the Terps almost lost him after coach Gary Williams retired in May....
  • No longer at midnight, Maryland Madness survives 40 years later

    No longer at midnight, Maryland Madness survives 40 years later
    Lefty Driesell had already promised that Maryland would become the "UCLA of the East" when he was hired away from Davidson two years before. Now, with a talented team led by Tom McMillen and Len Elmore about to become eligible for varsity as sophomores,...
  • Terps' Turgeon gets his first taste of Maryland Madness

    Terps' Turgeon gets his first taste of Maryland Madness
    For his inaugural Maryland Madness, new men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon assembled a blend of old and new Friday night. He acquired the "old" by inviting former Terps such as Greivis Vasquez, Steve Francis, Steve Blake and Byron Mouton to the event,...
  • Gary Williams shows up at Maryland Madness

    Gary Williams shows up at Maryland Madness
    Gary Williams showed up at Maryland Madness Friday night at Comcast Center. I didn't know he would be here. Williams had often said he didn't want to upstage new coach Mark Turgeon. In keeping with that, he said he planned to see his players from the...
  • Turgeon: Maryland is a 'a top-10 or 15 job in the country'

    Turgeon: Maryland is a 'a top-10 or 15 job in the country'
    We haven't heard much from Mark Turgeon since Maryland tabbed him to replace Gary Williams as the school's men's basketball coach. But in an interview with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Tuesday, Turgeon said that he left Texas A&M because coaching at...
  • Getting to know new Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon

    Getting to know new Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon
    Before Mark Turgeon became a blip on Maryland’s radar during its frantic four-day coaching search, I admittedly knew way more about former NHL center Pierre Turgeon than I did about the former Texas A&M coach who was introduced as Maryland’s...
  • New Terps coach Turgeon wants to 'do some great things'

    New Terps coach Turgeon wants to 'do some great things'
    Not even Mark Turgeon's wife had anticipated he was ready to leave Texas A&M to become Maryland's next men's basketball coach. Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson had moved on in his coaching search, believing Turgeon wasn't interested. But there...
  • Lack of 'chemistry' doomed Maryland's deal with Sean Miller

    Lack of 'chemistry' doomed Maryland's deal with Sean Miller
    Maryland's brief flirtation with Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller didn't end because it was outbid, according to multiple sources who said Wednesday that there was more to it than money. Miller and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson...
  • Lefty Driesell thinks Mark Turgeon was a 'great choice'

    Lefty Driesell thinks Mark Turgeon was a 'great choice'
    Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon impressed many people -- this sports blogger included -- during Wednesday’s introductory press conference. But he made a strong impression on Lefty Driesell, who coached Maryland from 1969 to 1986,...