By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

The Maryland Terrapins have hired Kevin Willard as their new men’s basketball coach. He comes to Maryland after coaching the Seton Hall Pirates.

The 46-year-old has been the head coach since 2007-08. As well as coaching the Pirates, he was also the head coach of Iona Gaels.

Kevin Willard holds the 2016 Big East Men’s Basketball Trophy after his team won the Conference Tournament Championship (Photo by Maryland Basketball)

He is 270-210 as a head coach. However, in the playoffs he struggled, as he is 1-5 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (March Madness Tournament) and 1-1 in the National Invite Tournament (NIT). Maryland would like him to improve the playoff numbers.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Terrapin family,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a statement. “We’re excited about the future of Maryland basketball with Kevin leading the way. Known for his serious and hardworking teams, Kevin has enjoyed tremendous success, winning conference championships and leading his teams to NCAA tournaments. He has made a habit of scheduling tough opponents and winning in those games, as evidenced by his record against Big Ten teams in recent years.He knows the area well, being a native of New York and having spent much of his life in the northeast corridor.

“We welcome Kevin, his wife Julie and their sons Colin and Chase to the Maryland family and look forward to the next great chapter in Terrapin basketball history.”

Former head coach Mark Turgeon resigned on December 3, 2021. He was then replaced on an interim basis by Danny Manning.

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Willard resumes a program that went 15-17 in 2021-22. The Terrapins were 7-13 in Big Ten play.

“Growing up and coaching in the area, I’ve always admired Maryland basketball,” Willard said. “To be named head coach of one of the top basketball programs in the country is a huge honor. Thanks to the president [Darryll] Pines and Damon Evans for trusting me to energize this proud program as we seek to galvanize our passionate fanbase with a serious and hardworking style of basketball. Having coached multiple times against Maryland and at the XFINITY Center, I know what Terp fans think of this team. I embrace high expectations.

“Skills development and dedication to academic achievement will be cornerstones of our program and I can promise Terp Nation that we will work to make them proud of this basketball team as we build winners on the court and in class. Julie and our boys are delighted to join the Terrapin family.

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