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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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  • Former Maryland coach Gary Williams a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalist

    Former Maryland coach Gary Williams a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalist
    All Gary Williams ever dreamed of being was a high school basketball coach. After graduating from Maryland in 1968, Williams thought his dream had come true when he became the junior varsity and, later, varsity coach at Woodrow Wilson High in Camden, N.J....
  • 14-goal run helps Terps rout UMBC in women's lacrosse, 14-3

    Women's college lacrosse 14-goal run helps Terps rout UMBC in season opener Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) and Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge) scored four goals each as the second-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team beat host UMBC, 14-3. The Terps (1-...
  • Remembering the highs, the lows and the tennis balls of Cameron Indoor Stadium

    Remembering the highs, the lows and the tennis balls of Cameron Indoor Stadium
    One of my favorite Cameron Indoor Stadium memories came on one of my first trips, back in 1986. I came for a game a couple of days before North Carolina was going to open the Dean Dome, against Duke.  In those days, the Cameron Crazies on one side of...
  • Terps' Wells and Faust remember the days when they once rooted for Duke

    Terps' Wells and Faust remember the days when they once rooted for Duke
    Maryland guards Dez Wells and Nick Faust have a lot of memories of the Duke-Maryland rivalry from when they were growing up. Interestingly – and in Faust's case a bit surprisingly – they both rooted for the Blue Devils. Wells, who grew...
  • Combatants in the Maryland-Duke rivalry hate to see it end

    Combatants in the Maryland-Duke rivalry hate to see it end
    Forget for a moment about where Maryland-Duke might rank in the pantheon of college basketball rivalries and think back instead to Duke fans chanting "Sweat, Gary, sweat" at former Maryland coach Gary Williams. His face is glistening and his silver hair...
  • UMBC's Rodney Elliott has no problem making his own name

    UMBC's Rodney Elliott has no problem making his own name
    The game was over for everyone, except Rodney Elliott Jr. His team down by 20 points with time quickly evaporating, Elliott Jr. came off the bench determined. He brought the crowd to its feet, sinking eight consecutive 3-pointers and sending his team...
  • Terps withstand late Miami rally to win 74-71 at Comcast Center

    Terps withstand late Miami rally to win 74-71 at Comcast Center
    COLLEGE PARK -- Dez Wells had done the same thing before the season even started, during a private scrimmage at Comcast Center against Villanova. Back then, the Maryland season was full of promise. On Wednesday night, the Terps were bordering somewhere ...
  • As their season spirals down, Terps know they need to toughen up

    As their season spirals down, Terps know they need to toughen up
    COLLEGE PARK — Throughout most of Gary Williams' 22 seasons as Maryland's coach, and for parts of Mark Turgeon's first two years, the Terps often played with a proverbial chip on their collective shoulder. With many of Williams' early teams, the...
  • Pittsburgh and Syracuse have led an ACC takeover this season

    Pittsburgh and Syracuse have led an ACC takeover this season
    Considering the pedigree of their respective programs, it is no surprise that No. 2 Syracuse and No. 20 Pittsburgh have made nearly flawless transitions from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange won a national championship with...
  • Gary Williams breaks down the current Maryland men's basketball team [Video]

    Gary Williams breaks down the current Maryland men's basketball team [Video]
  • Maryland's winning formula must begin at home

    Maryland's winning formula must begin at home
    COLLEGE PARK — By sending Maryland on the road for its only games this season against Duke and North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conference created an unbalanced Terps schedule posing more significant challenges away from Comcast Center than at...
  • Maryland coaches Randy Edsall and Mark Turgeon are state's highest paid employees

    Maryland coaches Randy Edsall and Mark Turgeon are state's highest paid employees
    Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon are among the highest-profile public employees in the state. They are also the highest paid. Their ranking is not unusual. Across the country, television revenues have...