Gary Williams: Maryland Men's Basketball Coach Retires

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Head coach Gary Williams of the Maryland Terrapins encourages his team while playing against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Gary Williams, the man who helped lead the Maryland Terrapins to some of the most successful seasons in school history, has decided to call it a career, according to Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports.

Maryland went 19-14 in Williams' last season with the Terrapins and did not qualify for postseason play, capping a run of seasons that hadn't lived up to the standard that he himself set during his tenure.

Despite this less-than-stellar finish to his career, Williams has left behind quite a resume.

Per Goodman's report on

Williams has gone to 14 NCAA appearances in the past 18 seasons, including seven Sweet 16’s.

He has won 461 games in his tenure at College Park. The Terps were 19-14 this past season.

Williams began his head coaching career at American before spending four seasons at Boston College and three at Ohio State.

His career coaching mark is 668-380 in 33 seasons.

It's a stunning announcement, but Williams will go down as one of the great minds in college basketball history based on the amazing run of success Maryland experienced under his watch, even if recently, he hasn't won the way he has in the past.

Williams has not been to the Sweet 16 since 2003, the year after his National Championship victory. It got worse from there as he made the NIT three times and didn't get past the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

It was a mediocre finish for someone who was nothing but successful for most of his tenure with the Terrapins. Williams made the school a basketball power upon his arrival, a status the school had fallen from before his arrival.

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He changed the face of Maryland basketball and his name will always be synonymous with the program.

Sadly, he didn't get to go out on top.