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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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  • ACC tournament to return to Washington in 2016 after Terps are gone

    ACC tournament to return to Washington in 2016 after Terps are gone
    The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that its 2016 men’s basketball tournament will be held at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center. Is there irony here? Former Maryland coach Gary Williams long pressed for the ACC tourney to return...
  • Observations from Maryland's win over Northern Iowa and upcoming Paradise Jam final

    Observations from Maryland's win over Northern Iowa and upcoming Paradise Jam final
    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- A few observations from Sunday's Maryland-Northern Iowa game in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam and thoughts about Monday's championship game against Providence: ** The margin of victory Sunday wasn't a true...
  • Juan Dixon to join Terps men's basketball staff as special assistant

    Juan Dixon to join Terps men's basketball staff as special assistant
    In a world where the most minute details quickly become public, Juan Dixon’s discussions with Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon were kept quiet for months. It was well known that Dixon, the school’s all-time leading scorer...
  • As he nears 50, coach Todd Bozeman looks to create new memories at Morgan State

    As he nears 50, coach Todd Bozeman looks to create new memories at Morgan State
    Of all the college basketball games Todd Bozeman has coached in over the past 20 years, two have given him the most recognition. The first came in St. Louis during the 1993 NCAA tournament, when a Jason Kidd-led California team coached by a 29-year-...
  • Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson talks about his Terps ties and Wednesday's matchup vs. Maryland

    Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson talks about his Terps ties and Wednesday's matchup vs. Maryland
    Dave Dickerson's ties to Maryland's men's basketball program go back to playing in College Park for Lefty Driesell and Bob Wade from 1985 through 1989, and coaching there under Gary Williams from 1996 through 2005. Maryland is where Dickerson met his...
  • 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...
  • 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 unable to overcome slow start in 76-60 loss to No. 5 Ohio State

    Terps unable to overcome slow start in 76-60 loss to No. 5 Ohio State
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Maryland found itself in a bit of time capsule Wednesday night. The past and future merged for the Terps against Ohio State here at Value City Arena. The present found a much bigger place in a 76-60 loss to the No. 5 Buckeyes in...
  • 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...
  • Is Mark Turgeon now feeling more heat than Randy Edsall at Maryland?

    Is Mark Turgeon now feeling more heat than Randy Edsall at Maryland?
    Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus and Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three of the biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. After Wednesday’s 16-point loss at No. 5 Ohio State, is Mark Turgeon now under...
  • Terps men rally from 14-point deficit, but fall to George Washington, 77-75

    Terps men rally from 14-point deficit, but fall to George Washington, 77-75
    Mark Turgeon has never been a big fan of Maryland playing every year in the BB&T Classic. Despite victories over Notre Dame and George Mason his first two seasons, Turgeon was looking forward to the Terps’ contract with the event running out after...
  • Mark Turgeon says Nick Faust 'has got to get his shot going'

    Mark Turgeon says Nick Faust 'has got to get his shot going'
    Mark Turgeon and Nick Faust have long seemed linked. The Maryland coach and the guard arrived in College Park at the same time. Turgeon had to “re-recruit” Faust, who had originally committed when Gary Williams was still the coach. Turgeon...