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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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  • Terps Trio: Alex Len unveiled, Sam Cassell Jr.'s plans, football season so far

    Terps Trio: Alex Len unveiled, Sam Cassell Jr.'s plans, football season so far
    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. Coach Mark Turgeon talked this week about how much center Alex Len has progressed during the offseason....
  • Bill Self's extension at Kansas is good news for Terps hoops fans

    Bill Self's extension at Kansas is good news for Terps hoops fans
    Maryland basketball fans might have received some good news Friday night – and it had nothing to do with the Harrison twins. Bill Self signed a longtime extension at Kansas on Friday, meaning that second-year coach Mark Turgeon is not going...
  • Could stiff penalties against Penn State help Maryland football program?

    Could stiff penalties against Penn State help Maryland football program?
    The NCAA is expected to announce signficant penalties against the Penn State football program Monday in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Several reports suggest that the Nittany Lions won’t become the second program to be...
  • Williams turned Terps basketball around after sanctions

    Williams turned Terps basketball around after sanctions
    Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams can relate to what Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien will likely experience in the aftermath of the sanctions on the Nittany Lions announced Monday by NCAA president Mark Emmert. Williams came to...
  • Terps' sanctions were different, but Gary Williams can relate to Penn State's Bill O'Brien

    Terps' sanctions were different, but Gary Williams can relate to Penn State's Bill O'Brien
    In the spring of 1989, an up-and-coming Division I basketball coach returned to his alma mater, leaving a prestigious job and a burgeoning national reputation behind. The coach was aware that his new program was about to be sanctioned by the NCAA for...
  • Coffee Companion for July 24, 2012

    Coffee Companion for July 24, 2012
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.   ** Ravens first-round pick Courtney Upshaw will begin training camp on the non-...
  • Ralph Friedgen releases statement urging Terps to move forward, then looks back

    Ralph Friedgen releases statement urging Terps to move forward, then looks back
    An interesting e-mail was sent today to members of the Baltimore-Washington media covering Maryland  athletics. It came from former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen, who wrote about the accomplishments of his program during his 10-year tenure. But the...
  • Terps Trio: Football's most improved unit, Mychal Parker's new school and a busted class

    Terps Trio: Football's most improved unit, Mychal Parker's new school and a busted class
    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 opened football training camp this week. Which unit – offense or defense – stands...
  • Q&A with Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon

    Q&A with Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon
    Mark Turgeon’s first full recruiting class at Maryland got under way three days after he was introduced as the Terps’ basketball coach with the commitment of Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian guard Seth Allen, and it didn’t end until late...
  • 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...
  • What's it with Maryland-North Carolina games and snow?

    What's it with Maryland-North Carolina games and snow?
    What is it with Maryland and North Carolina when it comes to snowstorms? With a prediction of a major snowfall hitting the region starting Tuesday night and going well into Wednesday, the plans of many hoping to attend Wednesday night’s game...