WOMENS BASKETBALL

Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick extended

Tennessee head women's basketball coach Holly Warlick has agreed to a contract extension through the 2021-22 season.

Warlick has compiled a 153-54 overall record in six seasons as a head coach, guiding the Lady Vols to NCAA Tournament berths during each campaign. Only 12 of 349 Division I women's programs in the nation have appeared in every NCAA Tournament the past six years, including just three from the SEC (Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas A&M).

In her first six seasons as a head coach at any level of basketball, Warlick has directed the Big Orange to three Elite Eight appearances (2013, 2015, 2016). Only three schools have more Elite Eight appearances than UT during that time (UConn, 6; Notre Dame, 5; and Baylor, 4). Tennessee, Stanford, Louisville and South Carolina have three each.

The 1981 Tennessee graduate is 71-25 (.740) in Southeastern Conference play, ranking first among active league coaches in winning percentage and second in regular season league titles won in what is regarded as the toughest conference, top to bottom, in the nation. Tennessee captured SEC regular season crowns under Warlick in 2013 and 2015 and a tournament title in 2014. The Lady Vols were the 2014 regular-season runner-up and the 2015 tourney runner-up.

Warlick ranks fourth in SEC wins behind coaches who've been at their SEC schools for 15 years (Gary Blair, TAMU, 33 total seasons as a head coach), 10 years (Dawn Staley, USC, 18 total seasons as a head coach) and 11 years (Matthew Mitchell, UK, 13 total seasons as a head coach).

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August 10, 2018


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