Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard argues a call during...

Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut at the Big East conference tournament Thursday, March 10, 2022, in New York.  Credit: AP/Frank Franklin II


Kevin Willard is taking over as Maryland's basketball coach after a dozen seasons at Seton Hall.

The Terrapins announced the hire Monday, three days after Seton Hall's season ended with a loss to TCU in the NCAA Tournament. Willard took the Pirates to five of the last six NCAA Tournaments.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin to the Terrapin family,” Maryland athletic director Damon Evans said in a statement. “We are excited about the future of Maryland basketball with Kevin leading the way. Known for his gritty, hard-working teams, Kevin has had tremendous success, winning conference championships and leading his teams to NCAA Tournaments."

Maryland has been in the market for a new coach since Mark Turgeon's departure in early December. Assistant Danny Manning took over as interim coach, and the Terrapins went 15-17 for their first losing season since 1993, early in Gary Williams' tenure.

Williams eventually led the Terps to a Final Four in 2001 and a national title the following season, and that's the level Maryland wants to return to.

“Kevin Willard was a proven winner in the Big East while at Seton Hall,” Williams said. “The intensity level of his teams reflect the passion that Kevin will bring to our team and the university.”

Willard won 225 games at Seton Hall, surpassing P.J. Carlesimo earlier this season for second place on the school's career list. The Pirates won the Big East Tournament in 2016 and a regular-season title in 2020. In that respect, Willard endured a similar fate to Turgeon — they arguably had their best teams at Seton Hall and Maryland in 2020, when the NCAA Tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Terps tied for first in the Big Ten that season.


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