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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 a fine choice but needs players

    Everyone waited anxiously to see who the next Maryland basketball coach would be to replace Gary Williams, who had a dismal record at Maryland, winning the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship only once in 22 years. To learn that Coach Mark Turgeon was...
  • End the chattel system for student-athletes

    End the chattel system for student-athletes
    Last week, longtime University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams announced his retirement, and very quickly Maryland announced that Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon will replace him. No one doubts that during contract negotiations, Turgeon had...
  • Linking scholarship cuts and coach's salary is flawed

    Letter writer Don Fusting ( "Cuts for scholarships millions for basketball coach" letter May 13) seems to be confused. The cuts to the Maryland Distinguished Scholars program have nothing to do with salary of the new, or the recently retired, University...
  • Torrey Smith is going to miss Gary Williams' fist pumps

    Torrey Smith is going to miss Gary Williams' fist pumps
    When I chatted with former Terps wide receiver Torrey Smith on Monday about his future with the Ravens, I had to get his take on the retirement of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams. The legendary men's coach surprisingly called it quits two weeks...
  • Did Texas A&M's new coach take a shot at Mark Turgeon?

    Did Texas A&M's new coach take a shot at Mark Turgeon?
    Texas A&M introduced its new men's basketball coach, Billy Kennedy, on Monday. During the press conference, the former Murray State coach, who has made 13 stops in his 26 years on the college circuit, praised his predecessor, new Maryland coach Mark...
  • Terps coach Turgeon realistic in his assessment of team

    Terps coach Turgeon realistic in his assessment of team
    Mark Turgeon knows next season's Maryland roster is literally thin up front. Its biggest returning player -- 6-foot-10 Berend Weijs -- has limited experience and is on a 5,000-calories-per-day regimen to bulk up. But the new men's basketball coach said...
  • Turgeon completes staff, gets recruit Faust back

    Turgeon completes staff, gets recruit Faust back
    On the day Mark Turgeon finalized his coaching staff, the Maryland men's basketball coach received some additional good news when Nick Faust reaffirmed his commitment to the Terps. Faust, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from City, had reopened his...
  • Gary Williams to Mark Turgeon: 'You can be competitive' in ACC

    Gary Williams to Mark Turgeon: 'You can be competitive' in ACC
    At his introductory press conference last week, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon revealed that he chatted with his predecessor, Gary Williams, before accepting the job offer from Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson. Now we have a...
  • 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...
  • 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...