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“Gary has been an iconic figure in the ACC,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “His resurrection of the Maryland program to national championship status was huge, not only for the University of Maryland, but the Atlantic Coast Conference as well. His long term consistent success is what I admire the most about Gary. His accomplishments are of Hall of Fame caliber.”
Some of the outstanding players to play under Williams at Maryland included NBA stars Walt Williams, Juan Dixon, Joe Smith, Greivis Vasquez and Steve Blake.
“What Gary did at Maryland was amazing for the basketball program, the university, but most of all for the players who he coached,” said Jimmy Patsos, Williams‘ former assistant and now head coach at Loyola (Md.). “I would not be a head coach if not for Gary, and there are a lot of NBA players who would not be in the league if not for him.
“I think what epitomizes Gary as a coach is to look at the NBA playoffs now and see Steve Blake and Greivis Vasquez. A lot of people never expected them to be great players, even in college, but through Gary’s coaching, they became All-Americans at Maryland and great NBA players.”
Williams‘ decision to step down began a buzz that covered much of the state of Maryland.
“Gary’s leadership and outstanding coaching and recruiting abilities have developed the talents and skills of some of today’s best athletes, and helped them to become great professionals and individuals with confidence and character _ on and off the court,” Maryland governor Martin O’Malley said. “In 2001, he led the Terps to their first Final Four in school history, and in 2002, they brought home an NCAA national championship.
“Though it will be difficult to imagine men’s basketball at College Park without Gary Williams, we certainly wish him much success in the future.”
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