Comcast Center court to be named in honor of Gary Williams


The basketball court at Comcast Center will be renamed for former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

The first game on the newly named court will be Dec. 14, when the Terrapins host Florida International.

“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,” school president Wallace D. Loh said in a statement. “He has been the face of Maryland men’s basketball for more than 22 years. Gary led the Terps out of historic Cole Field House into the Comcast Center. 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.”

Williams still has a role at Maryland, serving as a special assistant to Athletic Director Kevin Anderson.

“Gary is a respected alumnus, coach and leader in the college basketball community nationally,” Anderson said in a statement. “His student-athletes are tremendously loyal, which speaks of Gary’s care and support of those on his teams. One of the fiercest competitors to have coached, Gary has always felt a similar passion for his alma mater.

Williams led Maryland to the 2002 national championship. He had a 461-252 record duringat Maryland and is the program’s winningest coach.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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