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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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  • Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey to conduct clinic in Lansdowne

    Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey to conduct clinic in Lansdowne
    Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey will conduct a half-day clinic for coaches, players, fans and parents from 9:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at Leadership Gym in Lansdowne. The clinic, in its ninth year, is sponsored by Leadership Through Athletics...
  • Jimmy Patsos excited to be at Siena but says he still has local 'blood'

    Jimmy Patsos excited to be at Siena but says he still has local 'blood'
    Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos didn't waste time praising his old coaching grounds once he arrived to speak at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront on Friday, a week before his first game since leaving Loyola. "Maryland blood. Loyola blood....
  • Mark Turgeon sees a different attitude from this year's Maryland men's basketball team

    Mark Turgeon sees a different attitude from this year's Maryland men's basketball team
    Mark Turgeon sees most of the same faces at practice these days as he did in his first two seasons at Maryland, yet in some ways he is coaching a completely different team. Not only has the talent improved dramatically, but so has the chemistry. The...
  • Juan Dixon explains why he didn't want Roddy Peters wearing No. 3

    Juan Dixon explains why he didn't want Roddy Peters wearing No. 3
    Former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon says he received a telephone call over the summer from current Terps coach Mark Turgeon, who asked if it would be all right for incoming freshman Roddy Peters to wear No. 3. Dixon said that he was caught "off...
  • Exploring the Terps' jersey policy, Dixon's controversial remarks and the true impact of a blowout

    Exploring the Terps' jersey policy, Dixon's controversial remarks and the true impact of a blowout
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Should Maryland begin permitting basketball players’ numbers to be formally retired?...
  • Ex-Terps coach Gary Williams on the Juan Dixon-Roddy Peters No. 3 jersey situation

    Ex-Terps coach Gary Williams on the Juan Dixon-Roddy Peters No. 3 jersey situation
    Gary Williams has tried to keep his distance from the Maryland basketball program since he retired in May 2011, allowing Mark Turgeon to build his own program. If that means Turgeon's players being able to wear the honored jerseys that belonged to...
  • Memories rush back as Cole Field House readies for Maryland Madness

    Memories rush back as Cole Field House readies for Maryland Madness
    Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams first walked into Cole Field House 50 years ago. A high school senior at the time, Williams had been invited to College Park from his home in South Jersey by coach Bud Millikan to watch the 1963 NCAA...
  • The Sun Remembers: Dec. 22-28

    The Sun Remembers: Dec. 22-28
    Dec. 24, 2000: New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde passes for 481 yards, but the Ravens triumph, 34-20, before an announced 69,184 at PSINet Stadium. It's the seventh straight win for the playoff-bound Ravens (12-4), who intercept three passes...
  • Terps Trio: Football tickets vs. W.Va., 2017 hoops recruit, Stefon Diggs

    Terps Trio: Football tickets vs. W.Va., 2017 hoops recruit, Stefon Diggs
    Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland is curently trying to encourage football fans with a couple of early season packages, one of which includes an...
  • A 'tougher' Mark Turgeon aims to lead Maryland back to the NCAA tournament

    A 'tougher' Mark Turgeon aims to lead Maryland back to the NCAA tournament
    COLLEGE PARK — The one constant in Mark Turgeon's steady climb up the coaching ladder was building the type of reputation that most in his profession covet. It is summed up by two simple letters that for decades have described some of basketball's...
  • 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...