Gary Williams returned to his alma mater in 1989 to lead the basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence.
With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his last 17 seasons, seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship, Williams and his staff forged more than a decade of dominance in college basketball’s most storied and competitive conference.
After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.
With 668 career victories, Williams is the 5th-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004.
Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run. He is one of just 11 active coaches in America to boast a national title and one of only three in the conference. He is the third-winningest coach in ACC history after transforming the Maryland program into one of the nation’s most formidable. Previously, Williams coached the American Eagles (1978-1982), the Boston College Eagles (1982-1986) and Ohio State Buckeyes (1986-1989).
On January 26, 2012, Maryland honored Williams by renaming the playing surface at the XFINITY Center “Gary Willams Court.”