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Terps to rename court for Gary Williams

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland will name the basketball court at its home arena after former head coach Gary Williams, who retired in May after a 22-year run.

The ceremony will take place at the Comcast Center on Dec. 9.

The recommendation was made by school President Wallace D. Loh, who calls Williams "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."

"I'm honored and humbled to receive this recognition," Williams said in a statement quoted by The Baltimore Sun. "It's important to remember that the success we achieved at Maryland was a team effort and all the coaches, student-athletes and staff who were here are a big part of this. I'm very appreciative of the effort by [athletic director] Kevin Anderson, President Loh, Chancellor [William 'Brit'] Kirwan and everyone else who has been a part of making this happen."

Williams retired with a 461-252 record at Maryland. In 2006, he surpassed Lefty Driesell as Maryland's winningest coach.

The Terps won the 2002 national championship under Williams and reached the NCAA tournament in 14 of his final 18 seasons at the school.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.