I’ve been traveling all day and just got home to the news that Maryland Head Basketball Coach, Gary Williams has retired effective immediately.
I guess anyone looking forward to the Maryland vs NC State battles in the future because of Debbie Yow and Gary Williams will never get to see.
Even though the SFN authors weren’t around to run this on the blog in real time…our message board community was discussing the news as it was happening this afternoon. Click here.
Maryland has now turned over its football and basketball coaches in the past year.
Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams announced his retirement Thursday, saying “it’s the right time” for him to end a career that included leading his alma mater to the 2002 national championship.
Williams coached for 33 years, the last 22 at Maryland, where he played as a guard from 1964-67.
His career record is 668-380, including 461-252 at Maryland. Under his direction, the Terrapins went to the NCAA tournament 14 times, won or shared three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and reached the Final Four twice.
“My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing. I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here,” Williams said. “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.”
Williams, 66, arrived at Maryland in 1989, when the program was still struggling under the weight of NCAA violations. The Terps endured two straight losing seasons before reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time under his direction in 1994, and he never had another sub-.500 season the rest of the way.