Former Terps men's basketball coach Bud Millikan dead at age 89

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By Steve Yanda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 29, 2010

Former Maryland men's basketball coach Bud Millikan died Thursday morning at the age of 89, the school announced.

Millikan, who coached the Terrapins from 1950 to 1967, infused life into a once moribund program, according to those who knew him, and helped groom current Maryland Coach Gary Williams.

A disciple of legendary Oklahoma State coach Henry Iba, Millikan demanded his players execute strict man-to-man defense at all times, which was somewhat of a departure from the typical style of the times, according to Frank Fellows, who played under and coached with Millikan at Maryland.

"He taught and you learned how to play that game and you learned it well or you didn't play," Fellows said. "That limited us sometimes in the recruiting because everyone didn't want to play that way. But his way was the way he thought, and that was the way he taught."

Williams, who played point guard at Maryland from 1964 to 1967, absorbed Millikan's lessons and used them as the foundation of a 32-year head coaching career, during which he has won 639 games and a national championship. Millikan and Williams shared many traits: demanding, deliberate, sticklers for adherence to their approach and adept at accruing success on the court.

In a 2009 interview, Williams said Millikan demanded deference from his charges. Maryland players called their coach "Sir."

Millikan compiled a 243-182 record at Maryland, including an ACC championship in 1958 that led to an NCAA tournament appearance.


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