April 20, 2012
Holly Warlick is Tennessee’s new women’s basketball coach, after Pat Summitt stepped down, according to Yahoo! News.
Warlick is not worried about her duties and is excited for the challenge.
“This is what I do,” Warlick said. “I’m a basketball coach and I’ve been it all my life. I’ve learned from the best, so I don’t see it as I’m following a legend. I’m following a mentor who’s prepared me for this opportunity and it happens to be at the University of Tennessee.
Pat Summitt had been the women’s basketball coach since 1974.
Warlick said that she is “very honored, privileged and I’m ready to go to work.”
Summitt’s career includes 1,098 wins and eight national titles in her 38 seasons.
With five seniors leaving, the team has been anxious about prospects since the spring signing period opened April 10.
Summitt , after being diagnosed with dementia less than a year ago, decided to step down from job as head coach. She will still serve as head coach emeritus.
Warlick said, “It’s been really a positive response for us on the recruiting side.” Warlick recently hired two new assistants.
Warlick began her basketball career at Tennessee when Summitt recruited her. During her time there, she was a three-time All-American. She was the first Tennessee athlete to have her jersey retired at the end of her career.
Warlick began coaching at Virginia Tech as an assistant between 1981- 1983 and then left for Nebraska for two years. She rejoined Summitt and has spent the past 27 years there.
Norte Dame Coach Muffett McGraw believe Tennessee’s program will be ran the same with Warlick on board.
“We know that the Lady Vol program will remain strong and vibrant with Holly Warlick as head coach,” McGraw said.
Summitt presented Warlick with her whistle during a news conference on Thursday.
For over three decades, first as a University of Tennessee player and then as an assistant and associate head coach, Holly Warlick has helped shape the direction of Lady Vol basketball under head coach Pat Summitt.
As Summitt has become the all-time winningest coach in men’s or women’s collegiate hoops, Warlick has been by her side, either as a player or an assistant, for 922 of the 1,071 wins collected by her mentor. The senior-most member of Summitt’s staff, she capably slid into the role as top assistant in 2003-04 when she was named associate head coach.
Now, Warlick and assistant coaches Dean Lockwood and Mickie DeMoss, will take on added responsibilities as a result of Coach Summitt’s announcement regarding her diagnosis of dementia. Under Summitt’s direction, Warlick will oversee the daily supervision of the basketball office.
Now entering her 27th season as an assistant to Summitt, Warlick, and the rest of the coaching staff, has their sights set on obtaining an unprecedented ninth national championship in 2011-12.
Warlick has been onboard for all eight NCAA titles while Lockwood assisted in the last two (2007 and 2008). The return of DeMoss in 2010-11 and her first six Lady Vol titles, coupled with Warlick and Lockwood, gives Summitt a pair of national assistant coaches of the year and the core of her staff that captured all eight national championships.
The WBCA named Warlick the nation’s top assistant coach after she helped lead UT to its seventh national title in 2007. That was the same year that Warlick teamed with former fellow Lady Vol player and assistant Nikki Caldwell, the current head coach at LSU, to pursue her other passions: raising money for the fight against breast cancer and motorcycle riding.
Warlick and Caldwell created the Champions For A Cause Foundation, a long haul motorcycle ride dedicated to raising funds and awareness for a cure for breast cancer. The charitable organization has raised and donated over $125,000, and this past spring the duo led a fifth annual trip – this time from the Badlands to Las Vegas. Past trips include the inaugural ride from San Francisco to Knoxville as well as trips to Key West, Fla., New Orleans and Niagara Falls. On Feb. 10, 2008, Warlick and Caldwell presented a $10,000 check to the late N.C. State Head Coach Kay Yow and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
With all of her accomplishments in coaching and in her charitable endeavors it might be easy to forget Warlick left just as powerful a mark on women’s hoops as a player at UT. However, somehow it doesn’t seem that long ago that the charismatic Knoxville native was flying up and down the court as a Lady Vol All-America point guard.
For over three decades, Warlick has been considered as the finest point guard to ever play for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. A number of Halls of Fame agree, as she has been enshrined in five of them: On Feb. 27, 2004, she was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. In October 2002, she became a member of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame in the second class of inductees.
In June 2001, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame selected Warlick as one of 10 inductees enshrined into the Hall for the Class of 2001. For the hometown girl, who grew up in Rocky Hill, just up the road from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, it was a-dream-come true. In January 1994, Warlick was selected to the CONVERSE/Lady Vol Team of the Decade for the 1980s. In the summer of 1994, Warlick was honored as one of the City of Knoxville’s finest all-time athletes with her inclusion into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.
Including this season, Warlick has spent 31 years with the program, having helped shape UT into a national powerhouse with tenure as both a player and a coach. Warlick’s expertise and major contributions to the team come from her work with the guards. Last season, freshman point guard Meighan Simmons was the SEC Rookie of the Year and junior guard Shekinna Stricklen was named as the 20th Lady Vol to the WBCA/State Farm All-America Team.
Additionally, she has been a highly-successful recruiter for the backcourt, attracting some of the nation’s finest players to UT to continue the excellence she helped establish as a player. The Lady Vols welcomed top flight guard prospect to the Orange and White for the upcoming season in 2011 McDonald’s All-America Ariel Massengale.
Warlick’s tutelage also helped to strengthen the game of four-time All-SEC selection Angie Bjorklund; Kara Lawson, a KODAK All-American and a four-time Lady Vol All-SEC performer, and Shanna Zolman, a three-time All-SEC selection. That trio accounts for the school records for most of UT’s three-point marks.
In 1998, the NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches recognized Warlick as one of the nation’s top assistants as she was ranked in The Women’s Basketball Journal poll as was DeMoss, who won the award.
Warlick’s association with the Lady Vols started in 1976 when she joined the program as a scholarship 400-meter track athlete who walked on to the basketball team. Soon, she would become the most prolific player in the history of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball. Warlick was the first player in the history of Tennessee athletics (men or women) to have her jersey retired (number 22) at the end of her career in 1980.
Known as a play-making wiz during her four years as UT’s point guard, Warlick was once tabbed the “best player in the South.” She has had no trouble adjusting her enthusiasm and knowledge of the game into the coaching role. As a rookie, Warlick helped lead the Lady Vols to their first Final Four appearance in school history in 1977.
In 19 of the 30 years Warlick has been affiliated with UT, she has found herself at the Final Four as a player (1977, 1979, 1980) and as a coach (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008). Her best Final Four showing as a player was national championship runner-up in her senior season. As a coach, she has helped the Lady Vols grab the brass ring all eight times (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008).
A three-time All-American while playing for Summitt from 1976-80, Warlick previously held UT records for most assists in a game (14), most steals in a game (nine), most assists in a season (225) and most games in a career (142).
Warlick brings vast international experience to the Lady Vols as well. A member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team, Warlick also participated in the Jones Cup, Pan American Games and World Championship competition. In addition, she was a WPBL All-Star as she led the Nebraska Wranglers to the championship of the Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1981. She has served as a player representative on the USA BASKETBALL council and was a member of the USOC Advisory Council for Basketball. In recognition of being a former Olympian, Warlick earned the distinct honor of running the Olympic torch through Knoxville as it made its way to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
Tennessee is not Warlick’s first stop on the coaching circuit. She was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 1981-83 and an assistant from 1983-85 at Nebraska.
A native of Knoxville, Warlick earned her B.S. in marketing from Tennessee in 1981 and her master’s degree in athletic administration from Virginia Tech in 1983. Warlick added “biker” to her vitae in 2001. To commemorate her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, a number of Warlick’s friends got together and presented her with a Harley-Davidson “Sportster” motorcycle. Just six years later, Warlick was already using her love of the bike towards a greater cause, establishing Champions For A Cause Foundation with Caldwell.
Holly makes her home in rural west Knoxville with mother-daughter Black Labs named Dixie and Chesney (her dogs are named after singers or bands), and her rescue cat, Sasha.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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her path of destiny = 59 = The chosen one. Salvaging what remains.
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