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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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  • Final Four run nets Terps coach Brenda Frese bonuses topping $100,000

    Final Four run nets Terps coach Brenda Frese bonuses topping $100,000
    The Maryland women’s basketball team’s run to the Final Four triggered bonuses topping $100,000 for head coach Brenda Frese. The Terps upset top-seeded Tennessee and recorded three other NCAA tournament victories to advance to their first...
  • Terps upset No. 5 Virginia in OT, 75-69, in final ACC regular-season game

    Terps upset No. 5 Virginia in OT, 75-69, in final ACC regular-season game
    COLLEGE PARK -- A Maryland team that had spent part of the past month losing close games to nationally ranked teams returned to its bench Sunday at Comcast Center, teetering toward another frustrating defeat. There was confusion about the way the...
  • Terps announce giveaways, autograph session for ACC finale vs. Virginia

    Terps announce giveaways, autograph session for ACC finale vs. Virginia
    Maryland will honor its last regular season game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference with giveaways and an autograph session with some of the Terps' legendary former players and coaches. The first 12,000 fans in attendance at Sunday's noon game...
  • Backing Mark Turgeon, Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson says he has 'utmost confidence' in program

    Backing Mark Turgeon, Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson says he has 'utmost confidence' in program
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The pained look Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has worn for most of the past two months has had more to do with his recovery from knee replacement surgery than what he endured watching the Terps men's basketball team'...
  • Terps look forward to a possible NIT bid and the Big Ten move

    Terps look forward to a possible NIT bid and the Big Ten move
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — After beating Duke and narrowly losing to North Carolina in last year's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Maryland looked at the National Invitation Tournament as a building block for Mark Turgeon's program. If the Terps are...
  • Fang Mitchell out as Coppin State men's basketball coach

    Fang Mitchell out as Coppin State men's basketball coach
    Most college basketball coaches would not have survived the string of losing seasons Coppin State's Ron “Fang” Mitchell had over the last decade of his career. Then again, most coaches had not accomplished nearly as much as Mitchell did in...
  • John Gilchrist has a new perspective 10 years after starring in ACC tournament

    John Gilchrist has a new perspective 10 years after starring in ACC tournament
    Within months after leaving Maryland as a junior in the spring of 2005, John Gilchrist realized he had made a mistake. Sitting in his apartment in Rishon LeZion, a coastal town in Israel where he had begun what would become a nomadic professional...
  • ACC tournament has never truly been Maryland's party

    ACC tournament has never truly been Maryland's party
    For years, the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament has had a distinctly North Carolina flavor, characterized by barbecue joints, sweet tea, Waffle House restaurants and southern drawls. As familiar as Maryland became with Greensboro...
  • 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 ...
  • 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....
  • Juan Dixon explains why he didn't want Roddy Peters wearing No. 3

    Juan Dixon explains why he didn't want Roddy Peters wearing No. 3
    Former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon says he received a telephone call over the summer from current Terps coach Mark Turgeon, who asked if it would be all right for incoming freshman Roddy Peters to wear No. 3. Dixon said that he was caught "off...
  • Memories rush back as Cole Field House readies for Maryland Madness

    Memories rush back as Cole Field House readies for Maryland Madness
    Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams first walked into Cole Field House 50 years ago. A high school senior at the time, Williams had been invited to College Park from his home in South Jersey by coach Bud Millikan to watch the 1963 NCAA...