Maryland's Gary Williams elected to Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Maryland's Gary Williams elected to Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
March 25, 2014, 9:45 am
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(Associated Press)

Former Maryland head coach Gary Williams has been elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the hall's voting committee announced on Tuesday morning.

Williams joins an eight-member class that also includes the following former coaches, contributors, and players:

Zelmo Beaty, Player, Prairie View A&M

Dale Brown, Coach, LSU

Howard Garfinkel, Contributor, Five-Star Basketball Camp

Darrell Griffith, Player, Louisville

Grant Hill, Player, Duke

Shaquille O’Neal, Player, LSU

Glenn Wilkes, Sr., Contributor, Stetson

He will appear on Tuesday’s 6 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central on Comcast SportsNet to discuss the honor. The ceremony to officially induct Williams and the other members of the 2014 class into the Hall of Fame will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23 in Kansas City.

Williams, a 69-year-old native of New Jersey, spent his collegiate career as a player at Maryland where he served as the team’s captain in 1967. Following his graduation, he would coach high school basketball before landing his first college coaching job as an assistant at Lafayette in 1972 before moving on to take the same position at Boston College in 1973.

His first head coaching job came at American University in 1978. He coached the Eagles for four seasons before being hired back to Boston College, this time as a head coach. He spent four seasons at BC before taking the same position at Ohio State in 1986 and coaching the Buckeyes until 1989.

Williams was hired as the head coach at his alma mater, Maryland, in 1989. At the time, the program was struggling following the death of star player Len Bias in 1986 and the tumultuous tenure of head coach Bob Wade thereafter.

Williams rebuilt the program despite heavy NCAA sanctions that stemmed from that period that preceded his tenure in College Park, eventually leading the Terrapins to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in 1993-94 and 1994-95.

He would lead Maryland to 11 straight NCAA tournament berths from 1993-2004, including appearing in the Final Four in 2000-01 and returning to the Final Four the following season to defeat Indiana in the national championship game to win the NCAA title in 2002.

Williams retired from Maryland in 2011 having amassed 668 career wins, including 461 at Maryland. Since his retirement, he has done work in the media including on television with Comcast SportsNet and on the radio.

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