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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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  • 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...
  • After eight years of owning Ravens, Bisciotti ready for a Super Bowl

    After eight years of owning Ravens, Bisciotti ready for a Super Bowl
    It was well past midnight, and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was ready to sign off after his team's second straight exhilarating victory over arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers. But Bisciotti had one last thought to share with friend and adviser Ron Shapiro....
  • Amid coaching changes, ACC is rebuilding

    Amid coaching changes, ACC is rebuilding
    The Atlantic Coast Conference has always had a reputation for being a top-heavy basketball league, especially when its top two teams, North Carolina and Duke, were significantly better than their competition. As ACC play begins this weekend, there is a...
  • "Gary Williams Court" label to appear in two spots on Comcast floor

    "Gary Williams Court" label to appear in two spots on Comcast floor
    The Comcast Center basketball floor will feature not one, but two markings proclaiming it as "Gary Williams Court." One of the markings -- with the former coach's signature in black, and "court" in red, block letters -- will appear near the visiting team...
  • Terps coach Mark Turgeon ready for first Maryland-Duke game

    Terps coach Mark Turgeon ready for first Maryland-Duke game
    Though the buzz about Wednesday night's Maryland-Duke game at Comcast Center is noticeably lacking compared to other years, Mark Turgeonpointed to the row of cameras he faced Tuesday as a symbol that the interest in still there. Turgeon said that he...
  • Could Turgeon turn to football team for help in frontcourt?

    Could Turgeon turn to football team for help in frontcourt?
    Mark Turgeon needs bodies — the new Maryland men's basketball coach has just eight scholarship players remaining — and he said Thursday that he isn't ruling out turning to the football team for frontcourt help. One Terps football player he...
  • Turgeon to get first taste of Maryland-Duke rivalry

    Turgeon to get first taste of Maryland-Duke rivalry
    When Mark Turgeon decided to leave Texas A&M for Maryland last May, this is what he envisioned at Comcast Center: a hyped-up, sellout crowd arriving early and providing a palpable buzz that would put his team's opponent at a decided disadvantage. With...
  • Maryland's 'Gary Williams Court' result of contentious decision

    Maryland's 'Gary Williams Court' result of contentious decision
    Maryland's decision to name the Comcast Center court for its all-time winningest men's basketball coach, Gary Williams, was bumpier than the public knew and came despite the objections from the coach with the second most wins in program history —...
  • Emotional Williams watches Maryland name basketball court after him

    Emotional Williams watches Maryland name basketball court after him
    From the illuminated silhouette showing a familiar figure pumping his fist that adorned the outside of the arena, to the season's first sellout crowd inside, Comcast Center had a different feel to it Wednesday night. It had a different feel to Gary...
  • Terps falls to Duke, 74-61

    Terps falls to Duke, 74-61
    Comcast Center was thick with memories Wednesday night. The nostalgia was created by the presence of retired Maryland coach Gary Williams, returning for one last pre-game fist pump to the student section as the court was dedicated in his name. It was...
  • Notes on Duke 74, Maryland 61

    Maryland point guard Pe'Shon Howard was asked by a reporter after the Duke game whether there was any solace to be had from staying close to the Blue Devils for most of the game. It was evident from Howard's unchanging expression that the answer was "no....