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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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  • Maryland Madness' return to Cole Field House gives current Terps 'goose bumps'

    Maryland Madness' return to Cole Field House gives current Terps 'goose bumps'
    A nearly 60-year-old basketball arena called Cole Field House was transformed into a hot, crowded, ear-deafening time capsule Friday night. It could have been 1969, the year Lefty Driesell arrived from Davidson filled with bluster and bravado and...
  • Cal Ripken may have the 'itch,' to coach but Gary Williams is just fine

    Cal Ripken may have the 'itch,' to coach but Gary Williams is just fine
    Former Maryland Terrapins coach Gary Williams held court before Friday evening’s Maryland Madness basketball celebration at Cole Field House, which presented an opportunity to ask him – in the context of Cal Ripken’s recent comments...
  • 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...
  • Hall of Famer Ogden poised to become legend

    Hall of Famer Ogden poised to become legend
    A little less than four months after Jonathan Ogden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the lineman who was the Ravens' first-ever draft pick in 1996 will return to Baltimore to give another podium speech. The Babe Ruth Birthplace...
  • After forgettable start to season, a Cleare improvement for Terps center

    After forgettable start to season, a Cleare improvement for Terps center
    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — If Shaquille Cleare becomes the kind of player both Gary Williams and Mark Turgeon thought he'd be when they recruited against one another for the 6-foot-9, 265-pound center, Cleare and others might point to Friday&...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A look at Terps' history against each 2014 men's Final Four team

    A look at Terps' history against each 2014 men's Final Four team
    You don't need to think too far back to remember Maryland's most recent games against Kentucky and Connecticut. The Terps opened the 2012-13 season with a loss to the Wildcats at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and returned a year later to lose their...