NC State fires former Lady Vol Kellie Jolly Harper

NC State fires former Lady Vol Kellie Jolly Harper


RALEIGH, NC (WATE) - Former Lady Vol Kellie Jolly Harper has been dismissed as the head basketball coach at North Carolina State.

The University made the announcement on Tuesday.

"We thank Kellie for her service to our women's basketball program," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow. "We wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Harper spent four seasons at NC State. She posted an overall record of 70-64, but was 23-39 in Atlantic Coast Conference games. Her team finished 17-17 this season and finished in seventh place in the ACC with a record of 7-11.

"We will begin a national search immediately," said senior associate athletics director and women's basketball supervisor Michael Lipitz, "but have no specific timeline for completion."

Kellie Jolly played for legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt from 1995-1999.

The Sparta, Tenn. native played a key roll in helping the Lady Vols win three straight national title in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Before North Carolina State, Harper coached at Western Carolina.

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