Warlick drops out of Clemson picture

Holly Warlick, a veteran 20-year assistant coach for the Lady Volunteer basketball team, announced today that she has withdrawn her name in consideration of the head coaching position at Clemson University.

''Clemson is an outstanding coaching opportunity but not an exact fit for me,'' said Warlick. ''In light of that decision, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the position.''

The 2004-05 campaign marked Warlick's second decade as a top basketball assistant at the University of Tennessee working with fellow Women's Basketball Hall of Famer, head coach Pat Summitt. Summitt, who became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men's or women's collegiate hoops on March 22, 2005 with a 75-54 win over Purdue, has found Warlick alongside her, either as a player or an assistant coach, for 733 of her 882 career victories.

Warlick, the senior member of Summitt's staff, capably slid into the role as the top assistant in 2003-04 following the departure of longtime Associate Head Coach Mickie DeMoss who left to assume the head coaching duties at the University of Kentucky.

A three-time All-American while playing for Summitt from 1976-80, Warlick was known as a play-making wiz during her four years as UT's point guard. In 17 of the 24 years Warlick has been affiliated with UT, she has found herself at the Final Four as a player (1977, 1979, 1980) and as a coach (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005).

Her best Final Four showing as a player was national championship runner-up in her senior season. As a coach, she has helped the Lady Vols grab the brass ring all six times (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998).

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