Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick has received an extension on her contract, the school announced on Friday. Warlick was operating on a deal that was set to expire following the 2018-19 basketball season. She will be entering her 7th season as Tennessee’s head coach.
Warlick has a 153-43 record at Tennessee since taking over for Pat Summitt. She holds a 71-25 career mark in SEC play. After three elite eight appearances in her first four seasons, back to back exits in the second round of the NCAA Tournament have turned up the heat on Warlick’s job status. 7th, 5th and 4th place finishes in the SEC simply won’t get the job done in Knoxville.
Warlick’s new deal runs through the 2021-22 season. Here’s AD Phillip Fulmer’s full statement.
“Holly has dedicated the majority of her adult life to Lady Vols basketball, and there is no one better suited to lead what is one of the most unique and tradition-laden programs in the sport.” Fulmer said. “In her six years as head coach—during which women’s college basketball has experienced a tremendous surge in parity—very few programs have produced the level of success that Tennessee has maintained.
”Holly and her staff have recruited at an elite level, and the young women in our program have developed on the court while also excelling academically. The combination of Holly’s leadership and love for her alma mater, the Lady Vols’ longstanding legacy of excellence and the most passionate fans in the nation points toward continued success in the future.”