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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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  • Saluting Lefty Driesell, one of basketball's most interesting coaches of all time

    Saluting Lefty Driesell, one of basketball's most interesting coaches of all time
    Lefty Driesell’s career at Maryland was coming to an end when a sportswriter who had spent the first 10 years of his career in New York showed up to cover the Terrapins for The Baltimore Sun. It was the summer of 1985 and there were rumors that...
  • Terps Trio: Inconsistent big men, Lefty Driesell, first football recruit

    Terps Trio: Inconsistent big men, Lefty Driesell, first football recruit
    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. A lot has been made about the erratic play at point guard this season for the Terps. How has a lack of...
  • Lefty Driesell sees Saturday's recognition as a nod to the players of his era

    Lefty Driesell sees Saturday's recognition as a nod to the players of his era
    COLLEGE PARK — Lefty Driesell is more than 26 years and 220 miles removed from Maryland's men's basketball program. At 81, the former coach doesn't get to many games anymore. But from his condo in Virginia Beach, Va., Driesell thinks about his...
  • Analyzing Maryland's 72-59 win over Clemson

    Analyzing Maryland's 72-59 win over Clemson
    Welcome back to Morning Shootaround, a regular feature this season the day after Maryland basketball games. While we can’t bring you into the Terps’ lockerroom after games – reporters haven’t been allowed in there since the last...
  • Automatic qualifiers valuable and necessary for college lacrosse

    Automatic qualifiers valuable and necessary for college lacrosse
    As the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament continues, a couple prominent voices have proposed changing how the field of 68 is composed. Former Maryland coach Gary Williams and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas have suggested eliminating automatic...
  • Terps fall to Virginia, 80-69, at Comcast Center

    Terps fall to Virginia, 80-69, at Comcast Center
    The Maryland crowd kept looking for a reason to celebrate Sunday. Restless and fidgety, the gold-clad students were like champagne bottles waiting to be uncorked. There was so much at stake for the Terps — a chance to beat a potent rival, to...
  • Morning shootaround: Analyzing the Terps' exhibition win over IUP

    Morning shootaround: Analyzing the Terps' exhibition win over IUP
    Welcome to the first installment of Morning Shootaround, which will be a regular feature this season the day after Maryland basketball games.  While we can’t bring you into the Terps’ locker room after games – reporters haven’t...
  • Jimmy Patsos tries to get Loyola basketball ready for unfamiliar role: favorites

    Jimmy Patsos tries to get Loyola basketball ready for unfamiliar role: favorites
    If Jimmy Patsos' stomach is roiling at the thought of nine other Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches taking aim at him, the Loyola basketball coach wears his tension well. "I'm happy to be the hunted," says a grinning Patsos, sitting on stage at a...
  • Maryland to honor Lefty Driesell with bronze relief, sources say

    Maryland to honor Lefty Driesell with bronze relief, sources say
    Maryland has finalized plans to honor former basketball coach Lefty Driesell with a bronze relief that will hang at Comcast Center, sources say. Driesell is to be honored at the Clemson game Feb. 23. Then, on April 16, a number of Driesell’s...
  • End of the Maryland-Duke rivalry is fast approaching

    End of the Maryland-Duke rivalry is fast approaching
    From Maryland's perspective, the basketball rivalry with Duke was born in the late 1990s when Gary Williams brought the Terps from the bottom of the ACC to the top. During the 2000-01 season — when the teams met four times, including in the ACC...
  • Terps Trio: Maryland vs. Duke, fan antics, random hoops notes

    Terps Trio: Maryland vs. Duke, fan antics, random hoops notes
    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. Can Maryland recover from its disappointing performance against Virginia to beat Duke Saturday at...
  • For Terps basketball fans, there's no bigger rival than Duke

    For Terps basketball fans, there's no bigger rival than Duke
    When Maryland visited Cameron Indoor Stadium last month, Duke fans smugly expressed indifference at the impending end of a Terrapins-Blue Devils series that was once among the hottest in the country. "Don't come back," they chanted at the Terps. But...