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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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  • Former coaches Gary Williams, Jim Calhoun attend fundraiser in New York

    Former coaches Gary Williams, Jim Calhoun attend fundraiser in New York
    Fundraising events can make for strange bedfellows, particularly when it comes to politics. But more than a few heads were turned, eyebrows were raised and stomachs were -- well, you get the picture -- when it was announced that former longtime rivals and...
  • 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...
  • Terps' Likely named ECAC D-I special teamer of the week

    Terps' Likely named ECAC D-I special teamer of the week
    Colleges Terps' Likely named ECAC D-I special teamer of the week Maryland freshman Will Likely was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Special Teams Player of the Week. Likely returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown for the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...