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Former Terps Coach Gary Williams Named Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist

Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 09:49 PM EST
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Friday that former Maryland head coach Gary Williams is a finalist for the 2014 election.

As head coach from 1990-2011, Williams led the Terps to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, a National Championship in 2002, and a ACC Tournament Championship in 2004. He compiled an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) and led his teams to seven 25-win seasons and 22 appearances in postseason play.

Williams was enshrined into the University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame and University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.

This year's list includes first-time finalists: three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning and 1994 Naismith, NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton and Immaculata University's AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s.  Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, six-time AAU National Champion Coach Harley Redin and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond.

"We are proud to present a distinguished group of finalists for the Class of 2014 who have made huge strides in the game of basketball," said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  "Each finalist has made a difference to the game in their own way.  It's not going to be easy for the Honors Committee to select the final class members."

The Class of 2014 will be announced on Monday, April 7 at a press conference in North Texas prior to the NCAA Men's Championship game.Former Terps Coach Gary Williams Named Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist

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