Tennessee fires head women’s basketball coach after first-round NCAA exit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has fired women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick after a season in which the Lady Vols barely kept their NCAA Tournament streak alive and then promptly lost in the opening round.

Holly Warlick – University of Tennessee Athletics

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced the decision Wednesday afternoon.

Although Warlick won 72 percent of her games after taking over for Pat Summitt in 2012, the Lady Vols couldn’t approach the heights they’d reached under her predecessor.

Warlick had a 172-67 record over seven seasons. Tennessee made it to regional finals in three of her first four years but hasn’t advanced beyond the second round any of the last three seasons.

Tennessee lost 89-77 to UCLA on Saturday to cap a 19-13 season. The Lady Vols fell short of 20 wins for the first time since 1975-76.

Tennessee is the only program to appear in every NCAA Tournament since the event started in 1982.

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