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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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  • Turgeon stresses importance of Baltimore in 'Caravan' visit to Inner Harbor

    Turgeon stresses importance of Baltimore in 'Caravan' visit to Inner Harbor
    One of the first trips Mark Turgeon made after succeeding Gary Williams at Maryland was to Baltimore. Not only did Turgeon have to make sure Nick Faust, then a senior at City, was still coming to College Park, but Maryland's new coach also wanted the...
  • College digest: Antonio Barton expected to announce his choice Sunday

    College digest: Antonio Barton expected to announce his choice Sunday
    College basketball Antonio Barton expected to announce his choice Sunday Antonio Barton, a Baltimore native and former Memphis guard, will announce Sunday afternoon where he is transferring. Will Barton, Antonio's brother and a Portland Trail...
  • Martin Breunig, one-time Terps recruit, transfers to Montana from Washington

    Martin Breunig, one-time Terps recruit, transfers to Montana from Washington
    Martin Breunig, the last Maryland signee of the Gary Williams era, is transferring to Montana after two underwhelming seasons at Washington. "We are very excited about signing Martin Breunig at the University of Montana," Grizzlies coach Wayne Tinkle...
  • Sacrifices lead to prime opportunity for G.G. Smith

    Sacrifices lead to prime opportunity for G.G. Smith
    Moving around has always been a big part of new Loyola basketball coach G.G. Smith's life. As a child whose father, Tubby, was a rising star in the college basketball coaching ranks, Smith spent time growing up in college towns like Columbia, S.C.,...
  • Juan Dixon leads list of Terps to be inducted in school's hall of fame

    Juan Dixon leads list of Terps to be inducted in school's hall of fame
    — The 2002 Maryland basketball season could hardly have arrived quickly enough for Juan Dixon. The guard and his teammates had lost a 22-point lead to Duke in the 2001 Final Four. "We had a bad taste in our mouths the whole offseason," said Dixon,...
  • Harrison twins snub Maryland, commit to Kentucky

    Harrison twins snub Maryland, commit to Kentucky
    Five weeks from today, Maryland opens its 2012-13 men's basketball season against defending national champion Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It might be an opportunity for the Terps to exact some revenge for what transpired inside a...
  • Terps Trio: Maryland's defense, fallout from Harrison twins, other hoops targets

    Terps Trio: Maryland's defense, fallout from Harrison twins, other hoops targets
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland  sports. Maryland's defense is ranked eighth in the nation, giving up 261.2 yards per game. Is the defense really...
  • Lefty Driesell recounts memorable recruiting tales

    Lefty Driesell recounts memorable recruiting tales
    The recruiting battle for the Harrison twins that ended with Maryland losing out to Kentucky made me think about Lefty Driesell and some of the tales he has told over the years about going after the likes of Tom McMillen, Moses Malone and Albert King....
  • Second year with the Terps is more comfortable for Turgeon

    Second year with the Terps is more comfortable for Turgeon
    COLLEGE PARK -- A year ago, Mark Turgeon went into his first media day as Maryland’s basketball coach talking about somebody else’s team – the one he inherited from Gary Williams. As diplomatic as he tried to be, the typically blunt...
  • Former Terps guard Eric Hayes having 'a lot of fun' as a Maryland graduate assistant

    Former Terps guard Eric Hayes having 'a lot of fun' as a Maryland graduate assistant
    Eric Hayes spent the first two years after graduating Marylandin 2010 playing basketball in three different countries and moving closer to his ultimate goal – becoming a coach like his father, Kendall, who had coached for years in Northern...
  • Former 'fat kid' Shaquille Cleare looking tough so far for the Terps

    Former 'fat kid' Shaquille Cleare looking tough so far for the Terps
    The buzz surrounding Shaquille Cleare has dulled a bit since the 6-9 power forward from Houston announced more than a year ago that he was coming to Maryland. The spring and summer of 2012 had all been about whether his former AAU teammates, Andrew and...
  • Mark Turgeon is all business, but players party at Maryland Madness

    Mark Turgeon is all business, but players party at Maryland Madness
    — Mark Turgeon doesn't relish the spotlight — he'd just as soon skip being introduced to crowds — but fortunately for the students at Friday night's Maryland Madness, the Terps men's basketball players don't share their coach's reserve....