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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maryland assistant basketball coach Dalonte Hill takes leave of absence after DUI charge

    Maryland assistant basketball coach Dalonte Hill takes leave of absence after DUI charge
    Maryland men’s basketball assistant Dalonte Hill is taking an immediate leave of absence after his second drunken-driving charge in a little more than 21 months and his third in the past five years, it was announced Tuesday. Hill, 34, was stopped...
  • Should Maryland add Lefty Driesell's name to Cole Field House?

    Should Maryland add Lefty Driesell's name to Cole Field House?
    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. How significant is it that former Terps coaches Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell are both...
  • 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&...
  • Lefty Driesell, Gary Williams talk about Maryland Madness at Cole Field House

    Lefty Driesell, Gary Williams talk about Maryland Madness at Cole Field House
    The announcement Tuesday that Maryland Madness will be held at Cole Field House for the first time since the building was closed to basketball in 2002 was welcomed by two former coaches who spent a lot of time there and whose teams won many big games...
  • Cole Field House to host Md. Madness; regular-season game could be next for Terps

    Cole Field House to host Md. Madness; regular-season game could be next for Terps
    Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon has done his best to embrace the past while building for the future. He has forged relationships with his two most celebrated predecessors, Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell. He has done the same with many...