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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maryland's winning formula must begin at home

    Maryland's winning formula must begin at home
    COLLEGE PARK — By sending Maryland on the road for its only games this season against Duke and North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conference created an unbalanced Terps schedule posing more significant challenges away from Comcast Center than at...
  • Gary Williams breaks down the current Maryland men's basketball team [Video]

    Gary Williams breaks down the current Maryland men's basketball team [Video]
  • 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...
  • As their season spirals down, Terps know they need to toughen up

    As their season spirals down, Terps know they need to toughen up
    COLLEGE PARK — Throughout most of Gary Williams' 22 seasons as Maryland's coach, and for parts of Mark Turgeon's first two years, the Terps often played with a proverbial chip on their collective shoulder. With many of Williams' early teams, the...
  • Pittsburgh and Syracuse have led an ACC takeover this season

    Pittsburgh and Syracuse have led an ACC takeover this season
    Considering the pedigree of their respective programs, it is no surprise that No. 2 Syracuse and No. 20 Pittsburgh have made nearly flawless transitions from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange won a national championship with...