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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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  • 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,...
  • Loyola alone in first in the MAAC after 87-81 victory over Iona

    Loyola alone in first in the MAAC after 87-81 victory over Iona
    The Loyola men's basketball team has been thinking about its rematch with Iona since losing to the Gaels in New Rochelle, N.Y., more than three weeks ago. Greyhounds coach Jimmy Patsos has been thinking about a game like Friday night's for a lot longer --...
  • Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

    Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup
    After suffering a broken bone in his left hand in December, Seth Allen's senior season appeared in doubt. The Maryland-bound combo guard, however, wouldn't let an injury derail his final year of high school basketball. Allen returned to his...
  • Actor Kevin Bacon judges charity competition at College Park

    Actor Kevin Bacon judges charity competition at College Park
    Actor Kevin Bacon brought his star power to a charity event Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park. But the cheers the actor received were not as loud as the hoots and hollers directed toward the six student groups competing for $5,000...
  • Former Terps guard Johnny Rhodes to finally get credit he deserves at Comcast Center

    Former Terps guard Johnny Rhodes to finally get credit he deserves at Comcast Center
    Johnny Rhodes has often been overlooked in the discussion of Maryland’s greatest all-time players. That is not surprising, since Rhodes rarely got a ton of credit even as he helped the Terps begin their turnaround under Gary Williams during the mid-...
  • Clutch 3-point play by Padgett sends Terps to cathartic win

    Clutch 3-point play by Padgett sends Terps to cathartic win
    Maryland came into Tuesday’s game at Comcast Center against Miami trying to chase away some ghosts from its recent past. The demons came from a double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes three weeks before in Coral Gables, Fla., and a second-half...
  • Turgeon wants Terps to be more rugged on the road

    Turgeon wants Terps to be more rugged on the road
    COLLEGE PARK — It's the time of the college basketball season when many coaches become amateur statisticians and bracket pundits, sizing up their schools' records against scores of other would-be participants in the NCAA and NIT tournaments. But...
  • 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 —...
  • Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz commits to the Terps

    Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz commits to the Terps
    Other than watching Juan Dixon and Steve Francis play while he was growing up, Evan Smotrycz “really had no connection” to the Maryland basketball program.  Smotrycz wasn’t recruited by Gary Williams’ Terps or Mark Turgeon’s...
  • ESPN's Lunardi, other national experts lukewarm on Terps' prospects for 2012-13 season

    ESPN's Lunardi, other national experts lukewarm on Terps' prospects for 2012-13 season
    The excitement that is building locally for Maryland  basketball is not exactly resonating among the national experts. While ESPN’s Andy Katz has the 2012-13 Terps among his 15 teams on the cusp of the Top 25, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman...
  • Best and worst of the Maryland beat

    Best and worst of the Maryland beat
    It's been five years since I arrived on the Maryland beat, beginning by filling in on some 2007 games. That's long enough for a retrospective -- a bloggy montage -- of memorable Maryland moments during the period. Feel free to add some of your own....