Gary Williams: Who Will Take the place of Maryland Terrapins' Coach?
Maryland Terrapins Legendary Basketball Coach Gary Williams Retires...Who are Candidates For His Replacement?
In a stunning announcement, Gary Williams has announced that he will retire from his heading coaching duties at the University of Maryland after coaching the last 19 seasons at his alma matter.
The coach had 460 wins with the Terps, including two Final Four trips and the school's only national championship in 2002. The team went to 14 NCAA Tournaments under his watch—including 11 in a row from 1994-12004. Before College Park, Williams coached at American, Boston College and Ohio State.
Best known for his animated sideline demeanor and knack for sweating through suits, Williams will always be remembered fondly among college basketball circles for his passion and love for the game.
So who will be next in line for the Terps?
CBS Sports John Rothsteins reports that Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is a strong candidate because of his ties to the DC recruiting scene. WNDU.com has more:
The Irish head coach has strong ties to Maryland. It is after all his home state and where he played his high school basketball at DeMatha. He went to college at nearby George Washington before serving as assistant coach back at DeMatha, then at Duke under Coach K.
Brey served as head coach at Delaware before taking over at Notre Dame. The move to South Bend at the time was considered a surprising one for Brey because he was always considered a mid-atlantic guy. Now will he return?
Brey won Big East coach of the year for his efforts this past season. He is a hot coaching commodity at the moment and his local ties make him very appealing.
Other candidates include VCU's Shaka Smart and Butler's Brad Stevens. Both were firm in their decisions to stay put a month ago...but that was before one of the 20 best jobs in the country opened up.
Stay tuned as the coaching landscape is about to be altered yet again with such a high profile opening available. Expect Brey to be the front-runner to take over.
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