Maryland legend Gary Williams a finalist for basketball Hall of Fame

Streeter Lecka

Williams's coaching career with Maryland stretched into four different decades.

Former Maryland basketball head coach Gary Williams has been named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame, David Aldrige of TNT is reporting.

Williams played point guard at Maryland from 1964-67, before starting his coaching career at Woodrow Wilson High School. After time as an assistant Lafayette (where he also was the head coach of the soccer team) and Boston College, Williams accepted his first collegiate head coaching job, at American University.

After posting a 72-42 record over four seasons and leading the Eagles to two straight NIT appearances, Williams moved on to Boston College and then Ohio State, making a combined three NCAA tournaments over his seven years with the two schools.

In 1989, Williams was hired back by his alma mater as the head coach. The Maryland program was in a very bad state following the death of Len Bias and harsh NCAA sanctions that took the Terps out of the postseason in 1991 and '92 and off television for the 1990-91 season, but the new coach found a way to succeed in the long-term. After struggles in his first four seasons, Williams took the Terrapins to 11 straight NCAA tournaments, winning it all in 2002.

Williams retired after the 2010-11 season with a 461-252 record at Maryland, and a 668-380 record overall.

The Naismith Hall of Fame serves as the Hall of Fame for both collegiate and professional basketball.

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