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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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  • Gary Williams named as an ACC Legend

    Gary Williams named as an ACC Legend
    Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams has been named to the 13-member ACC “Legends Class.” Among those also named: former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan, former North Carolina star Mike O’Koren and former N.C. State standout...
  • Terps Trio: Dez Wells, Signing Day, football recruiting sleeper

    Terps Trio: Dez Wells, Signing Day, football recruiting sleeper
    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. Is Dez Wells Maryland's next great player? Don Markus: A generation of Maryland basketball has...
  • Former Terps star Greivis Vasquez making his mark with New Orleans

    Former Terps star Greivis Vasquez making his mark with New Orleans
    NEW YORK -- The conversation took place during his freshman year at Maryland. Greivis Vasquez, still learning a new language and getting adjusted to playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, sat down in his coach's office one day to talk about his dreams....
  • 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...
  • Terps Trio: Pe'Shon Howard, starting lineup, hoops uniforms

    Terps Trio: Pe'Shon Howard, starting lineup, hoops uniforms
    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 Pe’Shon Howard still be valuable to the Terps despite his shooting woes? Jeff Barker: It&...
  • Morning Shootaround: Analyzing the Terps' 65-62 loss to Florida State

    Morning Shootaround: Analyzing the Terps' 65-62 loss to Florida State
    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' locker room after games -- reporters haven't been allowed in there since the last couple of years under...
  • Maryland suffers ugly loss at Miami, 54-47

    Maryland suffers ugly loss at Miami, 54-47
    It was growing late Sunday night at BankUnited Center, and the concerns Mark Turgeon had expressed about the Miami game were being realized. The Maryland coach had fretted that his young players — “puppies,” he called them —...
  • Len's put-back in final second lifts Terps over No. 14 N.C. State, 51-50

    Len's put-back in final second lifts Terps over No. 14 N.C. State, 51-50
    If there was any question how eager Maryland and its fans were for a quality win, it was answered Wednesday night in the way Terps players leaped up and down and the fans rushed the court after a final-second, 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina...
  • Morning Shootaround: Analyzing Maryland's 51-50 win over N.C. State

    Morning Shootaround: Analyzing Maryland's 51-50 win over N.C. State
    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' locker room after games -- reporters haven't been allowed in there since the last couple of years under...
  • Great win for Terps over N.C. State, but Mark Turgeon's not satisfied

    Great win for Terps over N.C. State, but Mark Turgeon's not satisfied
    Mark Turgeon's first 19 months at Maryland had been without barely a ripple of discord, at least in public. The players -- even talented but troubled guard Terrell Stoglin last season -- seemed to take Turgeon's harshest criticism in stride. The media --...
  • Reaction to Terps fans storming court after win over No. 14 N.C. State

    Reaction to Terps fans storming court after win over No. 14 N.C. State
    Here is a sampling of the bashing Maryland fans got on Twitter after storming the court Wednesday night when Alex Len's follow of a Pe'Shon Howard airball gave the Terps a 51-50 win over No. 14 North Carolina State. Did Maryland fans really storm the...
  • Hard to tell how good Maryland Terps will be

    Hard to tell how good Maryland Terps will be
    You've gotta love Mark Turgeon. The man is an open book when it comes to his young Maryland basketball team. How many other coaches would take questions from the media after a big win and a great performance by a star freshman -- and then disclose...