May 5, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland for Head Coach Gary Williams for 13 seasons. Patsos shares his thoughts on Williams' retirement:
"What Gary did at Maryland was amazing for the basketball program, the university, but most of all for the players who he coached. I would not be a head coach if not for Gary, and there are a lot of NBA players who would not be in the league if not for him.
"I think what epitomizes Gary as a coach is to look at the NBA playoffs now and see Steve Blake (of the Los Angeles Lakers) and Greivis Vasquez (of the Memphis Grizzlies). A lot of people never expected them to be great players, even in college, but through Gary's coaching, they became All-Americans at Maryland and great NBA players.
"Gary was able to build the program at Maryland from scratch, and it is a model for what we want to do at Loyola. I learned from Gary that it takes time to build a program. He took Maryland from where it was to being ACC Champions, to two Final Fours and ultimately an NCAA Champion.
"I am proud to be associated with Gary as a friend and a mentor, but mostly as a coach. He has done so much for the school, and I wish him the best at all of his future endeavors."