Holly Warlick, who played for legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, coached under Summitt and then succeeded Summitt as the Lady Vols’ head coach, will not return next season as head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Warlick and Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer met earlier this week. The Lady Vols dipped to 19-13 this season and lost to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, just the second time in school history that Tennessee exited in the first round.
Warlick, who was signed to a contract extension last year by Fulmer, was 172-67 in seven seasons as the Lady Vols’ head coach. She replaced Summitt in April 2012 after spending 27 seasons as an assistant coach under Summitt. Warlick played for the Lady Vols under Summitt from 1976-80 and later had her number retired.
Warlick guided the Lady Vols to the Elite Eight in three of her seven seasons as coach and to the Sweet 16 once. But in her final three seasons, the Lady Vols didn’t make it past the opening weekend in the NCAA Tournament and were 7-9 in conference play this season, the first time in school history Tennessee didn’t finish at least .500 in conference play.
The news was first reported by Stadium.