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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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  • Teel Time: Buzz Williams generates hope for Virginia Tech in first month

    Teel Time: Buzz Williams generates hope for Virginia Tech in first month
    From New Year’s Day to season’s end, Virginia Tech’s basketball team went 1-17. During one particularly grim stretch, the Hokies lost four consecutive games by at least 20 points, each to an unranked opponent. A third straight last-place...
  • Teel Time: Of 3 ACC schools searching, could Virginia Tech land best basketball coach?

    Teel Time: Of 3 ACC schools searching, could Virginia Tech land best basketball coach?
    Virginia Tech isn’t the most attractive of the ACC’s three basketball coaching vacancies, but that hardly precludes the Hokies from landing not only a quality coach but also the best of the group. Consider the spring of 2011, when the AC&...
  • Connecticut's Shabazz Napier is honored after Huskies win NCAA title

    Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named on Monday the most outstanding player of the NCAA tournament Final Four. He was joined on the team by Julius Randle of Kentucky and Connecticut's Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels. Meanwhile, though no teams...
  • Teel Time: Analytics show new Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams adjusts to his talent

    Some words of caution for Virginia Tech fans judging Buzz Williams: The Hokies’ new basketball coach defies convenient description. Want Tech to play fast? Williams’ 2011-12 Marquette team ranked 16th nationally in possessions per game,...
  • Another Hall of Fame class without Lefty

    The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced another induction class Monday, an occasion for both pride and puzzlement in our little corner of the world. Alonzo Mourning will be enshrined, and rightfully so. The Chesapeake native was a shot-...
  • Teel Time: McAdoo draft decision conjures thoughts of Boo Williams pickup game

    Teel Time: McAdoo draft decision conjures thoughts of Boo Williams pickup game
    James Michael McAdoo’s decision last week to forgo his senior basketball season at North Carolina makes him the fourth Tar Heel from Boo Williams’ summer program to declare early for the NBA draft. Which led to an exercise that again...
  • Sundance Presents Cross-Section of U.S. Indie Fare, Music-Themed Pix at London Festival

    LONDON -- As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance's director of programming, about the selection (see below for...
  • Republicans elect John Walsh to lead Gloucester committee

    Former chairman John Walsh was elected as chairman of the Gloucester County Republican Committee for the 2014-16 term in an election held in March. Walsh, an attorney, lives in Hayes. Other members elected to the committee include: Teresa Altemus;...
  • Film Review: 'Memphis'

    Vibrantly shot on location in the titular Tennessee city, "Memphis," the second film from Brooklyn-based writer-director Tim Sutton ("Pavillion"), is a digressive, daringly experimental study of a flailing musician, magnetically played by accomplished...
  • Mourning, Hardaway highlight Hall of Fame finalists

    Mourning, Hardaway highlight Hall of Fame finalists
    Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway were among 10 finalists announced Friday for the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2014. Mourning, a seven-time NBA All-Star, appears on the final ballot for the first time. He will look to be inducted with his former...
  • Teel Time: Former Terps coach Gary Williams high on U.Va., Justin Anderson

    Teel Time: Former Terps coach Gary Williams high on U.Va., Justin Anderson
    Three years removed from a coaching career that should land him in the Hall of Fame, Gary Williams remains an astute observer of college basketball. Not surprisingly, Virginia has earned his admiration this season. I spoke with Williams this morning for...
  • Virginia looks to continue finishing strong in last ACC game against rival Maryland

    After Virginia finished yet another 10 minutes of dominance against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent March 1 in its monumental 75-56 win against Syracuse, Joe Harris couldn't believe the spoils of victory included cutting down the nets. With...