Gary Williams

Gary Williams

Gary Carl Williams, of Bennington, Okla., passed from this life on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the age of 67. He was born on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1955 in Dallas, Texas to Eulis Carl and Mary Ruth (Taylor) Williams. He was a longtime resident of Bennington, Okla. He married Lisa...
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Swagger and confidence: Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard plans to use the Gary Williams era as a model

In 1999, newly hired Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard was working as an assistant in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. One Thursday night while working with the Celtics, Willard turned on the television and saw Maryland players dunking the ball and throwing alley-oops. Willard described seeing former head coach Gary Williams going up and down the sideline, sweating lifting his coat jacket throughout the game.

Simone Champagne announces bid for Youngsville City Council seat vacated by Gary Williams

Simone Champagne, Youngsville's former chief administrative officer, announced Monday that she will seek a position on the city's council. The seat she's vying for was unexpectedly vacated last month after councilmember Gary Williams, who represented Division E, suffered a fatal heart attack. Youngsville businessperson and philanthropist Shannon Bares was appointed to fill the seat until the November election. Bares has said she will not seek the permanent position.

Gary Williams believes Maryland did a ‘great job’ hiring Kevin Willard

Williams believes Maryland did a 'great job' hiring Willard originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington. The University of Maryland officially named Kevin Willard as the school’s new men’s basketball head coach on Monday, hoping the 46-year-old will be the right man to lead the Terrapins back to national prominence.

Gary Williams on recruiting Kevin Durant, Maryland's open job, Greivis Vasquez and more

On this week's DC Coaches Podcast, Gary Williams reminisced about the time he tried to recruit Kevin Durant from then-Rockville powerhouse Montrose Christian and coach Stu Vetter, but ended up with an amazing consolation prize: Greivis Vasquez. "We went over there Greivis' sophomore year [of high school] to recruit Durant....

Lonny Baxter on 2002 Maryland champions reunion, who they should hire, Gary Williams and more

Like everyone else with a connection to Maryland basketball, Terps legend Lonny Baxter is closely watching the program's next step and hoping for a turnaround. "I just want us to be able to compete on a high level again. I mean, it's been a very down year this year, it's been a lot of adversity, a lot of strange things going on. But I just want to see us compete at a high level, the way Maryland is capable of playing. So that's all I really want, to be honest," he said Monday on Glenn Clark Radio.

Gary Williams on Maryland's coach search, Juwan Howard, Juan Dixon and more

In an interview with Glenn Clark, Gary Williams was asked what his involvement is in Maryland basketball's coaching search. "My only desire is to say hire a great coach. I mean, if you want to get it right down to the bottom line, I don't know if everybody understands all the time, but like, I went to Maryland, I've played basketball there. Obviously, I coached there too. But I want what's great for Maryland basketball. In other words, we want to win another national championship. So how can we do that? You know, well, we have to hire a great, great coach," he said.

In retirement, Gary Williams still roots for the Tucson Rodeo

It was 1999, and Chuck Henson’s best clowning days were long past him. He’d spent a lifetime entertaining rodeo fans and protecting cowboys, and now, nearing his 70s, he was enjoying the fruits of his labor; namely, his daughter Nancy Jane’s nuptials. It was there that Gary...

Gary Williams, reflects, breaks down Maryland's 2002 Final Four win over Kansas

If, at least one time, you've watched Maryland basketball's two Final Four wins en route to the program's lone national title, that's one more time than Gary Williams. "You know, it's funny, I've never really watched either game, the semi-finals or the finals, completely. It's just, you know, it's one of those things where we won, obviously, and then you had to move on quickly, right after the season's over, recruiting or whatever ... The thing is, it's in your mind," he told Terps radio analyst Chris Knoche during Part One of a four-part look back at the 2002 championship.