Thursday, May 5, 2011

Maryland's Gary Williams to Retire

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
Maryland head coach Gary Williams has decided to retire after 42 years of coaching basketball--22 with Maryland.

Williams had done it his way since taking over a Maryland program in need of major help after losing around 50 games in just three seasons under coach Bob Wade.

It took Williams a few years before getting on a roll but after a while, he started getting to the NCAA tournament often. In fact, in the past 18 years, Williams has led Maryland to an NCAA tournament berth 14 times.

Williams didn't just get the Terps' to the tournament, he won during post season play.

Since hiring Williams, Maryland has been to seven Sweet-16's, two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and won a National Championship.

On the way, Williams picked up prestigious accolades such as National Coach of the Year, and was named two-time ACC Coach of the Year.

"It's the right time," Williams said in a statement released by the school.

"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."

So Williams walks away and leaves what is easily one of the toughest jobs in the ACC to someone else.

Williams will walk away the winningest coach in Maryland history with a record of 461-252 (54%) and with a lot of respect for the way he carried himself on and off the court.

His coaching legacy will serve the program well for years to come.

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