Since I have been a kid there have been very few constants in the world of sports. People I grew up watching and idolizing have now since retired, and new people have taken their place. But throughout the years there has been once constant in College Basketball. Maryland Terrapins Head Coach Gary Williams has been at his Alma mater for the last 22 years and has had Maryland Basketball in the minds of people across the country for most of those 22 years. Even for a boy growing up in football crazy Texas, I have known and watched Maryland basketball every time it comes on television.
He made a name for himself and built a winning program while having to play the likes of Duke and North Carolina every year. Williams has a hall of fame resume from his time at Maryland and has also won a National Championship. Williams won 668 games, 461 at Maryland. He went to 14 NCAA tournaments, won three ACC regular-season titles and had seven Sweet 16 appearances, two Elite Eights and two Final Fours. Williams was the national coach of the year in 2002 and the ACC coach of the year in 2002 and 2010.
That is not too shabby for a guy who had to cut his teeth against the likes of Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. He has said that at age 66, it is time to do something else with his time. That only leaves Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim as long term coaches over the age of 60 in College Basketball. Sadly, most people won’t know Williams for his on the court success, he is more well known for the on going battle with former Athletic Director Debbie Yow.
So, enjoy your retirement Gary, just know that College Basketball fans around the country will miss seeing you stalk the sidelines at arena’s during the winter. Happy trails.
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