Mandatory Credit: The Baltimore Sun
According to David Aldridge of TNT, former Maryland coach Gary Williams was named as a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2014 class.
Among the other finalists are Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Kevin Johnson, Harley Redin, Mitch Richmond, Nolan Richardson, Eddie Sutton, and Alonzo Mourning.
Williams needs 18 votes from the 24-member Honors Committee in order to be enshrined. The announcement usually comes in April around the same time as the NCAA Final Four.
The former Terp coach spent 22 seasons at the University of Maryland, posting a 452-242 (.651) record with the team. Williams led Maryland to a National Championship, two Final Four appearances, three ACC regular season titles, and an ACC tournament title.
He also spent time as an assistant coach with Lafayette College and Boston College before getting head coaching gigs with American, Boston College, and Ohio State before coming to College Park. While at Lafayette as an assistant, Williams was the head coach of the soccer team. Williams posted a career head coaching record of 668-380 (.637).
He also was a point guard for Maryland from 1964-1967 and started off his coaching career at Woodrow Wilson High School in New Jersey. Williams hailed from nearby Collingswood where he played his high school basketball.