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Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 5:44 pm
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Posted by Jeff Borzello

As first reported by Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com and confirmed by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, Maryland head coach Gary Williams is retiring.

Williams turned Maryland into a consistent national player during his 22 years in College Park, helping the Terrapins reach 14 NCAA tournaments in the last 18 years. They made seven Sweet 16 appearances and won a national championship in 2002.

Since the title, though, Maryland has fell back in the ACC pecking order. The Terrapins have not reached the Sweet 16 since 2003 and underachieved in Williams’ final season, going just 19-14 overall.

“It’s the right time,” Williams said in a statement.  “My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing.  I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here.  I couldn’t have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university.  Together, we did something very special here.”

This is going to be a difficult loss for the entire program.

Despite his distaste for the “underbelly” of recruiting, Williams was bringing in a very solid freshman class and seemed prepared to lead the Terrapins back to the NCAA tournament.

“Gary Williams is a legend,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said.  “His accomplishments on the court have earned him a place among the elite in college basketball history."

Williams coached at American, Boston College and Ohio State before going to Maryland, compiling an overall record of 667-376 in 33 seasons.

The other aspect of this, of course, is the coaching carousel. It just started spinning again.

Maryland will be a highly sought-after job in the coaching industry, due to its prime location between Baltimore and Washington D.C., long thought to be one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting basis.

Expect the athletic program to pursue marquee names to bring in as Williams’ replacement.

This hasn’t been a good week for the Maryland, as the Williams news comes on the heels of the Terps losing their best player to the NBA draft.

Forward Jordan Williams, who averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds last season, has signed with an agent. He announced he was testing the waters in late March, and the common school of thought was he did not intend to return to College Park.

The decision became official on Wednesday.

“We wish Jordan well as he pursues his dream of playing in the NBA,” Williams said in a statement.

Now, not only do the Terrapins have to replace their best player, they have to do it with a new coach. 

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Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:26 am
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

We'll miss Gary and his passion and teaching ability - he deserves a respectful send-off.  However, his one achilles heal was recruiting, can you say Shaka Smart?



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:17 am
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

WHY ALL THE RHETORIC , LET THE GUY RETIRE WITHOUT ALL THIS CRAP . HE DID A GOOD JOB WITH HIS COACHING . IF THEY CALL YOU PRO , SOMEONE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:13 am
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

ANOTHER ONE OF THE GOOD ONES LEAVING, ALWAYS LIKED GARY WILLIAMS . HOPE HE HAS A GOOD RETIREMENT .




Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 12:18 am
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

Give me a break. Maryland did'nt even make the NIT this season. And they underacheived in the tournament for 2 years prior to that  aswell (not making the sweet 16 with Greivus Vasques).

This coach is washed up. He knows he cant rebuild the program again. Maryland basketball is hanging on by a thread. The Alumi were ready to move on and bring some new energy into this program.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

Gary Williams is a winner. Many know who he is and that his Maryland teams have been tenacious and difficult to beat. I respect coach Williams especially because he has won withou marquee players. A quick perusal of the current NBA players from Maryland yields but four. None are averaging 11 points per game. None are averaging 7 rebound a game. None are averaging more than 4 assists per game. Only one has a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) above 9. Yet Gary has taught these guys to work as a team and work hard.

I don't know coach Williams personally but he has consistently been mentioned by his peers with high regard. He has earned a very large place in Maryland's basketball history. I am glad he is staying involved with the university. Well done sir, well done.



Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

no way never happen heart is in Maryland



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

a great coach with unrivaled passion for the game. 
We'll miss your yearly visit to Cameron!



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

Johnny Dawkins?



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Maryland's Gary Williams to retire

@66 Gary is hitting the pasturs for good.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Report: Maryland's Williams to retire

I think to coach George Washington.


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