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Gary Williams Retirement As Maryland Basketball Coach Official, But He'll Stay As Assistant AD

Gary Williams' retirement as the Maryland basketball coach is now official. The University of Maryland announced the news in a press release Thursday afternoon, ending a 22-year tenure that included 461 wins and one national championship. Williams will stay aboard as an Assistant Athletic Director and Special Assistant to Kevin Anderson.

"It's the right time," Williams said.  "My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing.  I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here.  I couldn't have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university.  Together, we did something very special here."    

Williams will make the news official in a press conference Friday at 1 p.m., one that is open to the public. He amassed a 461-252 record in 22 years at Maryland, reaching the NCAA Tournament 14 times,winning three ACC titles, reaching seven Sweet 16s, two Final Fours and, of course, winning the 2002 NCAA Championship. 

Robert Ehsan will serve as acting head coach in Williams' absence.