Warlick named Rookie Coach of the Year

Warlick named Rookie Coach of the Year

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee's Holly Warlick has been honored with another coach of the year award.

Warlick was named the Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year at Final Four events in New Orleans.

The first-year Tennessee head coach took the Lady Vols to the Elite Eight after losing all five starting players from last year's squad.

Warlick also faced the challenge of taking over for coaching legend Pat Summitt who stepped down last April after announcing her battle with health issues.

The Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award is given in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, former Army head coach, whose success during her inaugural year at the Army helm was remarkable.

The Black Knights won the Patriot League title in 2006 and Dixon was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading Army to the NCAA Tournament for the first time at the NCAA Division I level.

Coach Dixon passed away on April 6, 2006, just a few weeks following her team's appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

She coached her final game against Tennessee.

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