Talk about making an entrance! Check the list of women’s basketball’s current top programs, and you’ll find that none of the head coaches forged the won-lost record that Holly Warlick has during her first three years sitting in the first chair. The Lady Vol legend has produced an 86-20 record, including 42-6 in the SEC, during her initial three seasons as head coach at Tennessee.
Without any previous head coaching experience at a lower division or outside the spotlight, Warlick stepped onto basketball’s biggest stage and has impressively guided the Lady Vols to a pair of SEC regular-season championships (2013, 2015) and an SEC Tournament title (2014). She has two NCAA Elite Eight appearances to her credit and already has sent five Lady Vols to the WNBA all while maintaining a 100-percent graduation rate among Tennessee’s players.
- In 29 years on the staff at Tennessee, Warlick has helped the Lady Vols reach the NCAA Women’s Final Four 16 times and win eight NCAA titles.
- Has a winning percentage of .875 (42-6) in SEC play, leading all league coaches.
- During her tenure on the UT staff, the Big Orange has claimed 31 combined SEC regular-season and post-season tournament championships and won 917 games.
- In the summer of 2015, she served on the USA World University Games coaching staff, helping that team, including current Lady Vols Mercedes Russell and Diamond DeShields, win the gold medal.
- Named 2013 SEC Coach of the Year, 2013 WBCA Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year and 2013 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year.