Gary Williams has officially received his hall pass, being named one of the 2014 inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon.
Also, here are some quotes responding to Gary's induction:
"I'm so happy for Coach," former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez said. "He means the world to me - he's a mentor, a father figure and a coach. I have so many different emotions right now because I am so happy for him. It was a privilege, an honor and a great blessing to play for Coach. I will be there in August when he gets inducted."
"This honor for Coach is very well-deserved," Walt Williams said following the announcement. "There are so many ways that a coach can be considered a hall of famer. Gary had so many great qualities, but I think he was exceptional at motivating his players. He always found a way to get the most out of them. It wasn't always about talent, but it was the environment he created for all of us to be successful. He motivated you to succeed not just by his words, but by his actions."
"Coach Williams being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame is an unbelievable honor," Maryland legend Juan Dixon said. "He led the charge in turning around the Maryland basketball program. He helped us accomplish a dream by leading us to the national title in 2002. It was such an honor to play for Coach. He is a rock - as solid as they come. Coach believes in his players - no matter the situation we were in, he believed in us and put us in a position to be successful. It doesn't get bigger than being inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame."
The great Johnny Holiday had this to say about Williams - "I think there's no question this is an honor well-deserved and well overdue -- not only for what he's done for the game of basketball, but for the University of Maryland as well. His dedication and commitment on and off the court was a shining example for young people and followers of basketball. He was a great teacher in practice and his best time as a coach was when he was teaching kids. He took a guy like Juan Dixon who nobody believed in and made him into an All-American. It is a tremendous honor."
And of course current coach Mark Turgeon had this to say about his predecessor - "I want to congratulate Gary on this prestigious honor. Gary is as respected as they come in the coaching profession. He won at every level, did things the right way and will be recognized as one of the all-time greats in our profession. His record and championship pedigree speak for themselves."
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