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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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  • Williams turned Terps basketball around after sanctions

    Williams turned Terps basketball around after sanctions
    Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams can relate to what Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien will likely experience in the aftermath of the sanctions on the Nittany Lions announced Monday by NCAA president Mark Emmert. Williams came to...
  • Terps' sanctions were different, but Gary Williams can relate to Penn State's Bill O'Brien

    Terps' sanctions were different, but Gary Williams can relate to Penn State's Bill O'Brien
    In the spring of 1989, an up-and-coming Division I basketball coach returned to his alma mater, leaving a prestigious job and a burgeoning national reputation behind. The coach was aware that his new program was about to be sanctioned by the NCAA for...
  • Coffee Companion for July 24, 2012

    Coffee Companion for July 24, 2012
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.   ** Ravens first-round pick Courtney Upshaw will begin training camp on the non-...
  • Ralph Friedgen releases statement urging Terps to move forward, then looks back

    Ralph Friedgen releases statement urging Terps to move forward, then looks back
    An interesting e-mail was sent today to members of the Baltimore-Washington media covering Maryland  athletics. It came from former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen, who wrote about the accomplishments of his program during his 10-year tenure. But the...
  • 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...
  • '07's oral report

    "She looked at me with this look, like, 'Mom, are you dumb or what?' She said, 'These are my friends. I want to be with them.'" Deborah McFadden, whose wheelchair athlete daughter, Tatyana, has challenged the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic...
  • Terps shock UNC

    The Maryland Terrapins beat North Carolina on ESPN Classic on Friday night, the memorable Len Bias-led overtime victory from 22 years ago in a then-brand-new Dean Smith Center. It was the last time Maryland had upset a No. 1-ranked North Carolina team on...
  • 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...
  • Ranking the top 10 sports stories of the past decade

    Ranking the top 10 sports stories of the past decade
    Did the past decade really go by this fast? Wasn't it just yesterday when the parade celebrating the Ravens' Super Bowl victory rolled through downtown with 200,000 packed in along the route? Maybe it just seems like it because the Ravens teased us last...
  • Recalling our favorite sports memories of 2009

    Recalling our favorite sports memories of 2009
    Why do we love watching sports? And what did we love the most in 2009? Those are two questions each of us would answer differently. But the answer to the second question helps explain the answer to the first. We love watching sports because they are a...
  • 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...