Former Maryland coach Gary Williams, who won 461 games in College Park and a national championship in 2002, has been named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
David Aldridge of TNT reported the news on Friday afternoon, with Williams joining a handful of other former players and coaches. The news was confirmed in a press release by the Hall of Fame.
HOF Finalists: Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Kevin Johnson, Harley Redin, Mitch Richmond, Nolan Richardson, Eddie Sutton, Gary Williams,— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 14, 2014
(con't) Immaculata University (team) and Alonzo Mourning.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 14, 2014
Before coming to Maryland and successfully rebuilding a program that was in near-shambles when he arrived, Williams coached at Ohio State, Boston College, and American University.
Williams played his college basketball with the Terrapins from 1964-67 and was named a team captain during his senior season.
Since retiring from coaching, Williams has done work in the media including television appearances with Comcast SportsNet.