Holly Warlick

Frances Hollingsworth "Holly" Warlick (born June 11, 1958)[1] is an American college basketball coach who was head coach for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. She replaced head coach Pat Summitt prior to the 2012–13 season[2] and held the position until the end of the 2018–19 season.

Holly Warlick
Warlick in 2012
Biographical details
Born (1958-06-11) June 11, 1958
Knoxville, Tennessee
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1983Virginia Tech (Asst.)
1983–1985Nebraska (Asst.)
1985–2012Tennessee (Asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall172–67 (.720)
Tournaments13–7 (.650) (NCAA)
10–7 (.588) (SEC)
Accomplishments and honors
SEC Tournament (2014)
2× SEC regular season (2013, 2015)
NCAA Division I Tournament (1987, 1989, 1991, 19961998, 2007, 2008, as assistant)
WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year (2007)
Maggie Dixon Award (2013)

Playing history

Born Frances Hollingsworth Warlick[3] in Knoxville, Tennessee, Warlick played for Tennessee under Pat Summitt where she was a three-time All-American point guard and set several school records. She was 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.[4] Warlick played in the Women's Professional Basketball League for the Nebraska Wranglers. She 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.[5]

USA Basketball

Warlick was named to the team representing the US at the 1979 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, Taiwan. The USA team won all six games en route to the gold medal.[6]

Warlick traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to take part in the 1979 Pan American Games. The USA team won their first five games to advance to the gold medal game, but faced Cuba in the final, and lost 91–86 to take the silver medal. Warlick recorded seven assist for the team.[7]

The National team representing the USA had not won a World Championship since 1957. In 1979, the World Championships were held in Seoul, South Korea. Warlick was one of the twelve players on the squad. In the opening game against host South Korea, the USA team was upset. The USA team then faced Italy, and had a close call, winning but just by two points 66–64. In the final game, the USA faced Canada, who had not lost. With the USA 4–1 record, the USA did not simply need to win, but needed to win by more than 13 points to secure the gold. The USA ended up winning the game by 16 points, thus securing the gold with only three points to spare. Warlick averaged 1.0 point per game.[8]

Warlick was selected to be a member of the team representing the US at the 1980 Olympics, but the team did not go, due to the 1980 Olympic boycott. The team did go 6–1 in Olympic Qualifying games, with Warlick scoring 1.3 points per game, along with eleven assist, second most on the team.[9]

Warlick was selected to be the assistant coach of the USA representative to the World University Games held in Seoul, South Korea July 5–13, 2015. The team won all six games, including the championship game against Canada. The first three quarters the game were quite close with four ties and four lead changes. In the fourth quarter the USA exploded for 34 points to pull out to a large lead, and won the gold-medal with a score of 82–63.[10]

Coaching history

In 1981, Warlick enrolled in graduate school at Virginia Tech and became an assistant coach with the Virginia Tech Hokies women's basketball team. Warlick graduated with a M.S. in athletic administration in 1983, with her thesis titled Public Relations Guide to Promote the College Female Athlete.[3][4] Warlick then was an assistant coach at Nebraska from 1983 to 1985.[4]

Warlick joined Tennessee as assistant basketball coach in 1985. She was given the head coach position for the 2012–2013 season although Summitt admitted that Warlick had been "doing the bulk of it" since Summitt's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in August 2011.[11] Warlick led the Lady Vols to the SEC 2012–13 regular season title. On March 9, 2014, Warlick coached the Lady Vols to their 17th SEC Tournament Championship by defeating Kentucky 71–70.[12]

Warlick's coaching debut was an 80–71 loss to the Chattanooga Lady Mocs in Chattanooga on November 9, 2012. In her first year as head coach, the team had a record of 27 wins and 8 losses. The WBCA recognized this performance by selecting her for the Maggie Dixon Award, which is awarded to the coach with the best performance in their rookie year as a head coach.[13][14]

Warlick was fired on March 27, 2019, by Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer.[15]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tennessee Lady Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (2012–2019)
2012–13 Tennessee 27–814–21stNCAA Elite Eight
2013–14 Tennessee 29–613–3T–2ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2014–15 Tennessee 30–615–1T–1stNCAA Elite Eight
2015–16 Tennessee 22–148–8T–7thNCAA Elite Eight
2016–17 Tennessee 20–1210–65thNCAA Second Round
2017–18 Tennessee 25–811–5T–4thNCAA Second Round
2018–19 Tennessee 19–137–9T–8thNCAA First Round
Tennessee: 172–67 (.720)78–34 (.696)
Total:172–67 (.720)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  2. Mike Miller (April 8, 2012). "Holly Warlick faces impossible task in replacing Pat Summitt". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  3. Warlick, Frances Hollingsworth (1983). Public relations guide to promote the college female athlete (M.S. thesis). Virginia Tech.
  4. "Holly Warlick". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  5. "Holly Warlick". Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  6. "1979 Women's R. William Jones Cup". USA Basketball. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  7. "Eighth Pan American Games – 1979". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  8. "Eighth World Championship for Women — 1979". USA Basketball. Retrieved October 13, 2013.
  9. "Games of the XXIInd Olympiad – 1980". USA Basketball. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  10. "WUGs Gold medal Game: USA 82, Canada 63". Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  11. Dan Fleser (April 18, 2012). "Pat Summitt steps down: Holly Warlick named Lady Vols head coach". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  12. Odum, Charles. "Simmons, Lady Vols Top Kentucky 71–70 in Final". Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  13. "Holly Warlick named 2013 Spaulding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year". WBCA. April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  14. "Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  15. Henley, Gene (March 27, 2019). "Lady Vols part ways with Holly Warlick". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
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