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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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  • Alex Len's journey from Ukraine to U.S. could culminate with him going No.1 in draft

    Alex Len's journey from Ukraine to U.S. could culminate with him going No.1 in draft
    Alex Len was 13 years old, a gangly teenager whose body had been shooting up a startling pace from a young age. As he practiced gymnastics at a local school in the small, rural coal-mining town in Ukraine where he lived, Len was motioned over by a...
  • 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...
  • Maryland to Big Ten proposal creates a debate within a debate

    Maryland to Big Ten proposal creates a debate within a debate
    Remember the talk over whether to name Maryland's basketball court for Gary Williams?  The plan had plenty of support but still needed to be debated. Former coach Lefty Driesell questioned whether the court naming was a good idea. You may recall that...
  • 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...
  • Cameron Indoor Stadium's message to Terps: 'Good Riddance'

    Cameron Indoor Stadium's message to Terps: 'Good Riddance'
    The Cameron Crazies get their first chance to “comment” today on Maryland’s impending exit from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Predictably, notes about the Big Ten move are included on  the Crazy prep sheets distributed before today's...
  • Gary Williams is honored as 'ACC legend'; Terps will return to Brooklyn

     Gary Williams is honored as 'ACC legend'; Terps will return to Brooklyn
    Former Terps coach Gary Williams was honored today at the ACC tournament as an "ACC Legend." Williams was introduced at Greensboro Coliseum during halftime of the Miami-N.C. State semifinal game. Williams waved to the crowd and gave a modified fist...
  • Moving to Big Ten, Maryland would toss away tradition for the possibility of more money

    Moving to Big Ten, Maryland would toss away tradition for the possibility of more money
    COLLEGE PARK — Just when you thought that the conference realignment frenzy had just about played itself out, there are rumblings that Maryland could end its long affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference and jump to the Big Ten. It's an...
  • Terps Trio: Maryland vs. Duke, football pro day, Dwayne Morgan

    Terps Trio: Maryland vs. Duke, football pro day, Dwayne Morgan
    Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker, editor Matt Bracken, and Sun intern/Diamondback co-sports editor Josh Vitale weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What will the environment be like at Friday night’s...
  • 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,...
  • 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...