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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

Top Gary Williams Articles

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  • 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' 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...
  • Maryland rally falls short, 69-67, in final ACC regular-season game vs. No. 8 Duke

    Maryland rally falls short, 69-67, in final ACC regular-season game vs. No. 8 Duke
    DURHAM, N.C. — There was plenty of hype around Saturday’s men's basketball game between Maryland and Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, largely because it was the Terps’ last visit here as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It had...
  • Wake Forest's Devin Thomas is more than just Alyssa's little brother

    Wake Forest's Devin Thomas is more than just Alyssa's little brother
    COLLEGE PARK — It was early in a Maryland-Wake Forest game last season and Devin Thomas and Alex Len seemed to be testing each other. Len, then Maryland's sophomore center, bumped with the Wake Forest power forward as the two looked to establish...
  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lobbies for his friend Gary Williams to be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lobbies for his friend Gary Williams to be inducted into Hall of Fame
    Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti knows that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the moment they become eligible. With former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who was nominated last week for the Naismith Memorial...
  • Maryland faces a Syracuse team that may be a little ornery

    Maryland faces a Syracuse team that may be a little ornery
    Welcome to a second season of Morning Shootaround. We will follow the Terps throughout the 2013-14 season, but this year in this space we will provide a look ahead rather than looking back. We will try to analyze Maryland's strengths and weaknesses, as...
  • For shop owner Garry Spears, framing is an art

    For shop owner Garry Spears, framing is an art
    Garry Spears, with a pen in his right hand, leans over a designer's table just inside the front door of his store, The Art of Framing, in South Laurel on a recent Monday morning as two customers look on. "This is a quarter-inch and this is 2 inches of...
  • Thoughts on Maryland basketball blame, Big Ten signage and beer at Byrd Stadium

    Thoughts on Maryland basketball blame, Big Ten signage and beer at Byrd Stadium
    Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus, Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Who's to blame for Maryland not winning close games, Mark Turgeon or his players? Don Markus: After...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Return of Terps guard Seth Allen could give coach Mark Turgeon flexibility with lineup

    Return of Terps guard Seth Allen could give coach Mark Turgeon flexibility with lineup
    Welcome to a second season of Morning Shootaround. We will follow the Terps throughout the 2013-14 season, but in this space this year, we will provide a look ahead, rather than back. We will try to analyze Maryland's strengths and weaknesses, as well...