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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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  • Remembering the highs, the lows and the tennis balls of Cameron Indoor Stadium

    Remembering the highs, the lows and the tennis balls of Cameron Indoor Stadium
    One of my favorite Cameron Indoor Stadium memories came on one of my first trips, back in 1986. I came for a game a couple of days before North Carolina was going to open the Dean Dome, against Duke.  In those days, the Cameron Crazies on one side of...
  • Combatants in the Maryland-Duke rivalry hate to see it end

    Combatants in the Maryland-Duke rivalry hate to see it end
    Forget for a moment about where Maryland-Duke might rank in the pantheon of college basketball rivalries and think back instead to Duke fans chanting "Sweat, Gary, sweat" at former Maryland coach Gary Williams. His face is glistening and his silver hair...
  • Terps Trio: Game ball controversy, Old Dominion, signing off

    Terps Trio: Game ball controversy, Old Dominion, signing off
    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. What was Maryland’s reaction to the story that a player could not actually keep a “game...
  • 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...
  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lobbies for his friend Gary Williams to be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lobbies for his friend Gary Williams to be inducted into Hall of Fame
    Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti knows that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the moment they become eligible. With former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who was nominated last week for the Naismith Memorial...
  • Maryland's application for Big Ten admission approved

    Maryland's application for Big Ten admission approved
    Setting aside almost 60 years of athletic tradition in a quest for greater financial stability, the University of Maryland will join the Big Ten Conference, school and league officials announced Monday after a weekend of whirlwind negotiations. In...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Big Ten move took Maryland coaches by surprise

    Big Ten move took Maryland coaches by surprise
    Maryland's decision to move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten not only caught its fans and students — and possibly ACC officials — by surprise. The stunning announcement that was first rumored late last week and was made...