Former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams elected to Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams was among 10 people announced to be included in the 2014 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

As head coach of the University of Maryland from 1989-2011, Williams led the Terps to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-2004), a national championship in 2002, an ACC Tournament championship in 2004 and was enshrined into the University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame and University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.

Williams compiled an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) and led his teams to seven 25-win seasons and 22 appearances in postseason play.

Williams was a 1968 Maryland graduate and former point guard on the basketball team. He was a starter under then-coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was also the head coach at American, Boston College and Ohio State before he was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989. He inherited a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. After overcoming NCAA sanctions under previous coaching regimes, Williams finally got Maryland back into the NCAA tournament in 1994.

Former NBA all-stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coach Nolan Richardson were also among those elected into the Class of 2014.

Richardson was chosen 20 years after he coached Arkansas to a national championship. Williams won a title with Maryland in 2002.

They will be joined by those who were already announced in February, including retired NBA Commissioner David Stern.

Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis was among several candidates already selected by various committees.

The Class of 2014 will be enshrined Aug. 8 during festivities in Springfield, Mass.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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