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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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  • Baxter bounces back with hard-shell finish

    Baxter bounces back with hard-shell finish
    Finally, the Final Four light shone through for Maryland's Lonny Baxter, a steady force in his team's 64-52 win over Indiana for the national championship. With 15 points and 14 rebounds last night, the senior from Silver Spring, Md., erased unpleasant...
  • Fearless Juan Dixon points way again

    Fearless Juan Dixon points way again
    Whether it was beating Illinois and Duke when he was a sophomore or Connecticut in the East Regional final to keep his college career alive, Juan Dixon always had a flair for the dramatic, and the final three-pointer of his magnificent run at the...
  • Maryland pulls away late to top dogged Hoosiers, win first national crown

    Maryland pulls away late to top dogged Hoosiers, win first national crown
    The final buzzer sounded, Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter tumbled to the Georgia Dome floor locked in a joyous embrace, and the Maryland Terrapins had completed their historic journey by winning the first men's national basketball championship in school...
  • Despite the mystery, Alex Len has Maryland fans buzzing

    Despite the mystery, Alex Len has Maryland fans buzzing
    The debut of Maryland center Alex Len tonight against Albany brings to mind other first games for former Terps. Coming into College Park, most were more celebrated than 7-footer from the Ukraine, but few were as important as Len could be to this season&...
  • 2011: A re-wind

    2011: A re-wind
    Fast cars zipped around downtown Baltimore streets and, it turns out, the race promoters' financial messes. A robocall that urged voters to relax and stay home led jurors to a vote of their own: guilty of election fraud. We bade farewell to an iconic...
  • Towson Twitter ban comes as legislators move to protect student freedoms

    Towson Twitter ban comes as legislators move to protect student freedoms
    Towson's resurgent football season ended when wide receiver Ryan Spadola had 13 catches — a Johnny Unitas Stadium record —to help Lehigh beat the Tigers in the playoffs in December. The next week, Spadola didn't even play. He'd been suspended...
  • Future can wait for Loyola's Shane Walker

    Future can wait for Loyola's Shane Walker
    The past and future for Shane Walker are back home in England. He left there in 2005 to pursue a basketball career in the United States that included playing for two high schools in three years and a college career that began at the University of Maryland...
  • ACC expansion will change Maryland-Duke rivalry

    ACC expansion will change Maryland-Duke rivalry
    When Maryland visits Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, there is bound to be at least one chant from the Duke students downplaying the basketball history between the two schools. "Not our rivals," clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. "Not our rivals," clap,...
  • Faceoff: Who's on the hotter seat, Gary Williams or Ralph Friedgen?

    Faceoff: Who's on the hotter seat, Gary Williams or Ralph Friedgen?
    Ball and burden in Gary's court By David Steele To answer your question, no, it is not too much to ask a team that has won a national championship to reach the NCAA tournament in more than half of the next six seasons. That is Gary Williams' fault. He...
  • Evans won't attend UM

    Evans won't attend UM
    Maryland basketball recruit Tyree Evans has asked to be released from his letter of intent, ending a campus debate over whether the talented guard should be permitted to play for the Terrapins despite a string of criminal offenses. Maryland released a...
  • Talented recruit Gilchrist granted release from UM

    Less than two weeks after junior-college transfer Tyree Evans asked for his release, the University of Maryland granted another potential college basketball star a similar request yesterday. Gus Gilchrist, a talented 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward who, like...
  • Bouncing back

    Gary Williams' teams have often rebounded from double-digit losses. Some examples: Feb. 3, 2009, vs. UNC: 108-91 •Next meeting: Won, 88-85 (OT) on Feb. 21, 2009 Jan. 3, 1996, at Georgia Tech: 98-84 •Next meeting: Won, 88-74, on Feb. 3, 1996...