WHY IS HOLLY POINTING TOWARD RHEA COUNTY?
Because on August 5, 2014 Holly will be our Guest Speaker at the Annual Banquet!
For more than three decades, Holly Warlick has been instrumental in the phenomenal success story that is Tennessee Lady Vols basketball. Her impact on the program stretches from her ground-breaking days as a three-time All-America point guard at UT (1976-80), to her 27 highly-productive years as a loyal assistant for Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, to her ascension to the head coaching position at UT.Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart named Warlick head coach of the Lady Vols on April 18, 2012, as Summitt stepped into the role of head coach emeritus. In a touching and symbolic gesture the following day at a press conference announcing the changes, Summitt presented her coaching whistle to her long-time aide and former floor general.
A History of Giving Back . . .
In addition to the NCAA title and coaching honor in 2007, Warlick also teamed up for the first time with former fellow Lady Vol player and assistant Nikki Caldwell, the current head coach at LSU, to pursue her other passion. That pursuit is riding a motorcycle and raising money for the fight against breast cancer.Warlick and Caldwell created the Champions For A Cause Foundation, a long haul motorcycle ride dedicated to raising funds and awareness for a cure for breast cancer.
The charitable organization has raised and donated more than $150,000. Past trips include the inaugural ride from San Francisco to Knoxville as well as trips from the Badlands to Las Vegas and from Knoxville to Key West, Fla., New Orleans, Niagara Falls and, most recently in 2013, Panama City, Fla.
On Feb. 10, 2008, Warlick and Caldwell presented a $10,000 check to the late N.C. State Head Coach Kay Yow and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. At Tennessee's "Live Pink, Bleed Orange" game vs. Vanderbilt on Feb. 17, 2013, three checks worth $15,000 were presented by Champions for a Cause to the UT Breast Health Outreach Program, Kay Yow Cancer Foundation and the Brady James Foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research.
Head coach Holly Warlick also presented a special pink basketball to her sister, Marion Ferrill, prior to the start of that game. Ferrill was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2012 and was pronounced cancer free on Sept. 30 after undergoing surgery shortly after her diagnosis.
With all of her accomplishments in coaching and in her charitable endeavors it might be easy to overlook the fact that Warlick left just as powerful a mark on women's hoops as a player at UT. It doesn't seem that long ago that the charismatic Knoxville native was flying up and down the court as an All-America Lady Vol point guard. For more than three decades, Warlick has been considered the finest point guard ever to play for the Lady Vols. In addition to being selected to the CONVERSE/Lady Vol Team of the Decade for the 1980s in January of 1994, five different halls of fame opened their doors to her.