Holly Warlick Biography
Frances Hollingsworth popularly known as “Holly” Warlick is an American college basketball coach who was the head coach for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
She replaced head coach Pat Summitt prior to the 2012–2013 season and held the position until the end of the 2018–2019 season.
Holly Warlick Age
She was born on 11th June 1958 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Holly Warlick Height
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Holly Warlick Family
She has a sister by the name Marion Ferrill who is 67 years old. Her parent’s name is Fran Warlick.
Holly Warlick Husband
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Holly Warlick Education
She schooled at Bearden High School located in the Bearden area in the city of Knoxville.
Holly Warlick Career
She was a three-time All-American point guard and set several school records and also the first player in Tennessee sports history to have her jersey retired at the end of her playing career and was named to the 1980 US Olympic Basketball Team. She played in the Women’s Professional Basketball League for the Nebraska Wranglers and was named a WPBL All-Star in 1981 when the Wranglers captured a championship, and she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Holly Warlick Salary
She receives an annual salary of 690,000 USD.
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Tennessee’s Holly Warlick epitomized grace in succeeding Pat Summitt
A cloud of sadness hung over the 2012 women’s NCAA tournament regional in Des Moines, Iowa. No one said it, but everyone knew it was likely the last time Tennessee coach Pat Summitt would be on the sidelines. She had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, the previous year. She was still the head coach, but many of the duties were being filled by her longtime assistant Holly Warlick, who was trying to keep her own grief at bay while running the program.
Tennessee lost the regional final to Baylor, and Warlick handled news conference duties as she had all season. Her voice broke but she held off tears talking about Summitt, how this was still her program, how Pat was still the boss. Warlick said she was just taking care of some things for her.
It was the epitome of loyalty, devotion, selflessness and courage. Those are four things we should keep in mind as Tennessee moves on from Warlick, who was relieved of her head coaching duties Wednesday. We hope that even one of those traits is attached to our names; Warlick has all of them.
After the Lady Vols fell to UCLA on Saturday, their third early-round NCAA tournament exit in a row, Wednesday’s news wasn’t a surprise. Tennessee has eight NCAA titles and a huge fan base. Restlessness has grown in recent seasons, as Tennessee seemed to regress while fellow SEC programs South Carolina and Mississippi State rose to the top of the league, made the Final Four, and — in the Gamecocks’ case — won a national championship. Both are still playing in this year’s tournament.
Tennessee had made the Elite Eight as recently as 2016. But the Lady Vols expect more. Ironically, it’s a credit to what Summitt built — a women’s sports program that so many people passionately care about — that there was such heat on Warlick. What she did in seven seasons as head coach would be more than good enough at many schools. But the behemoth that Warlick has been part of both as a player and then a coach for more than four decades was, in the end, what crushed her. Good enough is not good enough at Tennessee.
Warlick out as Lady Vols coach after 7 seasons
What came naturally for Summitt was harder for Warlick. She spent so many years being a buffer when needed and a softer landing spot for kids who experienced bumps along the way toward making peace with Summitt’s demands and earning her respect. Warlick knew how they felt; Summitt had been her coach, too, after all. Knoxville is Warlick’s hometown, and Summitt was only six years older than her. Realistically, she probably thought she’d be an assistant through the end of her career. She likely never expected to replace Summitt.
But Summitt’s illness changed that. When she took over the program, Warlick had to become a different kind of leader while in the midst of not just program upheaval but athletic department upheaval as well. Tennessee merged its men’s and women’s athletic departments, and it wasn’t bloodless. Longtime employees were let go, including some devoted to the Lady Vols.
Then-athletic director Dave Hart pushed for Summitt’s move to a coaching emeritus job in the spring of 2012. He seemed to have no real appreciation for the Lady Vol brand and was a target of lawsuits filed by some former employees claiming gender discrimination. Warlick was caught in the middle: trying to do her job, respect her athletic director and deal with others’ anger and disappointment. All while losing a best friend and mentor to a nightmarish disease that crushingly took Summitt away day by day.
Yet Warlick handled it with grace. She kept her sense of humor. She tried to maintain the same standards and never let anger or frustration bubble over, no matter how harsh the criticism. But it had to take some toll on her, and ultimately the program. Tennessee was the titan of the SEC for so long, and Lady Vols fans rarely had to experience the kind of disappointments most programs did. Then those things started to happen to Tennessee. Mississippi State, for example, had lost 36 straight to Tennessee, and the Lady Vols’ first loss to Mississippi State was a major shock.