Gary Williams

Gary Williams (born March 4, 1945)

Teams coached: American Eagles, Boston College Eagles, Ohio State Buckeyes, Maryland Terrapins
American record: 72-42 (.632)
Boston College record: 76-45 (.628)
Ohio State record: 59-41 (.590)
Maryland record: 461-252 (.647)
Overall record: 668-380 (.637)

Career Accomplishments:


  • ACC Coach of the Year:  2  (2002, 2010)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2014)
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2014)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1989-2011 Maryland
1986-1989 Ohio State
1982-1986 Boston College
1978-1982 American
1977-1978 Boston College (asst)
1972-1977 Lafayette (asst)

Gary Williams Facts

  • Gary Bruce Williams
  • Born March 4, 1945
  • Hometown: Collingswood, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Maryland (BS, 1968)
  • Played point guard at Maryland under head coach Bud Millikan and was named the Terrapins’ team captain in 1967
  • First coaching job was at Woodrow Wilson HS in Camden, NJ, where he first coached under long-time NCAA head coach Tom Davis and then won a NJ State Title as head coach in 1972
  • Spent six seasons as a collegiate assistant to Davis, five at Lafayette and one at Boston College, before getting the head coaching position at American in 1978
  • Went to two NITs in four seasons at American, then one NIT and two NCAA Tournaments in four seasons at Boston College
  • Took over at Ohio State in 1986, where he led the Buckeyes to an NCAA Tournament and two NIT berths in three years
  • Became the head coach at his alma mater Maryland in 1989, a position he would hold for 22 seasons until his retirement in 2011
    • Took the Terps to back-to-back Final Fours (2001 & 2002), winning the NCAA National Championship in 2002
    • Was a fixture in the postseason, taking his Maryland teams to 14 NCAA Tournaments and 4 NITs
    • Coached 28 players at Maryland that would go on to be drafted to the NBA, four of which were taken in the lottery
  • Inducted into both the National Collegiate and Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2014

Gary Williams Coaching Tree