It’s nearly official, folks: former Terps men’s basketball coach Gary Williams will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Williams was nominated earlier this year, eventually selected, and the induction ceremony will take place November 23rd in Kansas City. Funnily enough, the induction takes places before the CBE Classic, which features the Terps for the first time this season.
Williams, who coached the Terps for 22 seasons before retiring in 2011, will be a part of an eight-member class that includes Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill as some of the more notable names. Williams holds a 461-252 overall record as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, and his .647 win percentage is tops at the university.
The man to whom the floor of Comcast Center is named after, won a National Chamionship with the Terps in 2002 alongside former player and current assistant coach Juan Dixon. Williams also had stints at American University, Boston College, and Ohio State before coaching at his alma mater.
Obviously, the news for Williams is humbling. Anytime you get elected to any sort of Hall of Fame, it means you’ve done your job with such a mastery that it merits permanent enshrinement. Some folks look at these things as the final formality one can get, but the reality is that, for the guys who have spent hours honing their skill, this is the pinnacle. This is the final competitive hurdle of their trade; after that, it’s all smooth sailing.
No one can question Gary, anymore (as if they could in the first place). Williams has reached coaching Everest, and has the ultimate award to prove it. Williams clearly left a lasting impression on this writer with his fiery attitude, his incessantly scrappy nature that every player he coached emulated on the court, and his love for the university that gave him an education.
Williams means a lot to Terp fans, and anytime something good happens with him, it’s always appropriate to say:
He a Terp.