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Holly Warlick

As of May 17, 2015

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick is a three-time USA gold medalist as an athlete, including the 1980 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament and 1979 World
Championship, and was named to her first USA Basketball coaching staff on April 15, 2015.

“It’s just a tremendous honor to be a player and represent our country and now to be asked to coach with USA Basketball,” said Warlick, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. “I feel like it’s an opportunity to give back to the players and to USA Basketball for the opportunities I had, and also it’s a chance for me to learn and grow as well. I’ve always dreamed of doing this, and I am extremely excited to be part of the coaching staff for our World University Games Team.

“Both coach McKeown and coach Warren are very successful coaches and proven winners. They have different styles and philosophies, and I have a
tremendous amount of respect for each of them. I’ve watched their teams, how they run their programs and how they handle their players. I look forward to learning and sharing ideas as we work together, and I know they will represent our country with a great amount of respect and will be as passionate about this as I am.”

Longtime Tennessee assistant and associate head coach, Warlick took the helm of Tennessee in 2012-13, and the program didn’t miss a beat. She guided the Lady Vols to a 27-8 record, the Southeastern Conference regular season title and the NCAA Elite Eight. For her efforts, Warlick earned the 2013 WBCA Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year and SEC Coach of the Year awards.

In her second season the Lady Vols posted a 29-6 record, captured the SEC Tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Most recently Tennessee tied for the 2014-15 SEC regular season title, returned to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished the season with a 30-6 record.

As an associate head coach, Warlick was named the nation’s top assistant coach after she helped UT to its seventh national title in 2007.

The NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches also recognized Warlick as one of the nation’s top assistants in 1998, ranking her prominently in the Women’s Basketball Journal poll.

Warlick has been inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Tennessee Lad Vol Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Greater Knoxville Sportss Hall of Fame, due in part to her assistance in UT compiling 949 wins and eight national championships under head coach Pat Summitt.

After walking onto the Lady Vols basketball team, Warlick became a three-time All-American while playing under Pat Summitt from 1976-80. She recorded the UT record for most assists in a game (14), most steals in a contest (nine), most assists in a season (225) and most games in a career (142).

She still holds the Lady Vols record for single-season steals with 141 in 1978-79.

In addition to being a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, which did not compete in the Moscow Olympics, Warlick and the 1980 U.S. team won gold at the 1980 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. She also captured a gold medal playing for the USA at the 1979 FIBA World Championship, marking the first gold medal for the USA at the FIBA World Championships since 1957 and breaking a streak of five-straight golds by the USSR, a silver medal at the 1979 Pan American Games and gold at the 1979 R. William Jones Cup.

Warlick has also served as a player representative on the USA Basketball council and was a member of the USOC Advisory Council for Basketball.

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