Gary Williams led the Maryland Terrapins to the school's only men's basketball national championship in 2002. Now, 9 years later, the school will name the floor the Terps play on in his honor.
The university will honor Williams, who retired in May after 22 seasons at the helm of the Terrapins, in a ceremony on Dec. 9, during which the school will name the court at Comcast Center after him.
"Gary has been a faithful alumnus, a highly successful and iconic figure in men's college basketball across the nation, a fierce competitor, and a tireless fundraiser on behalf of student scholarships," said University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. "I can think of no better way to recognize his success and his contributions to the University of Maryland than by naming the floor of the basketball court in Comcast Center in his honor."
After being hired in 1989, Williams racked up 461 wins through the end of the 2010-11 season at Maryland, making him the winningest coach program history and the 3rd winningest all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference.. When he retired, only four active coaches had more wins than him.
A Maryland alumnus himself, he led the Terrapins to the NCAA tournament to seven Sweet 16's, two Final Fours and the 2002 national title.
"Gary started his career as a high school teacher. It's fitting that we honor him with the naming of the Comcast Center court - a place where he achieved unparalleled success in his own classroom," Maryland AD Kevin Anderson said.
Dozens of Williams' student-athletes have gone on to play in the NBA.
"It's important to remember that the success we achieved at Maryland was a team effort and all the coaches, student-athletes and staff who were here are a big part of this," Williams said in a statement.