Former Lady Vol star Tamika Catchings says she is glad the decision on Holly Warlick’s is not hers.
Warlick, a Bearden High School grad, played under the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt and was a three-time All-American. She was the first Tennessee player to have her jersey retired at the end of her career.
She joined the Tennessee coaching staff in 1985 and was named the head coach for the 2012–2013 season.
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But the Lady Vols have not made it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the last three years, including a first round exit this year.
The team was eighth the SEC following a fourth-place finish the year before.
Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer announced Warlick’s firing on Wednesday afternoon after days of rumors about her future.
“I think that anybody’s that is going to step into the role after Pat Summitt is going to have a task,“ said Catchings, who was recently named vice president basketball operations for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. “You’ve got some big shoes to fill.
“I think everybody’s looking at the last couple of years. And if you look at her record; honestly, she has one of the winningest records in the SEC.“
Even some current players, however, are calling for change.
“It’ll be interesting to see what happens, I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision,“ said Catchings, a WNBA star for 16 seasons and a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
Warlick was under contract with UT through the 2020-2021 season.