It was sad to put her here and probably one of the toughest things for Tennessee Vols fans to call for, but there’s no debating that Holly Warlick had the worst performance of any coach this season. Her team backed into the NCAA Tournament and probably didn’t deserve it, then lost in the first game.
The Lady Vols failed to get 20 wins, going 19-13, and finished eighth in the SEC with a 7-9 record, including a horrible loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores. Also included in this season was a six-game losing streak.
Remember, this was a program built on multiple top 5 recruiting classes. Now true, there was one season-ending injury, a dismissal and a transfer before the year started. But Warlick still had enough talent in players like Evina Westbrook, who is now gone herself, Meme Jackson and Rennia Davis for the team to perform better than it did.
They didn’t, and Phillip Fulmer had to let her go and replace her with Kellie Harper. Warlick is still a legendary Vol for Life, as the first Lady Vol with her jersey retired and a longtime assistant who was there for all eight of Pat Summitt’s national titles. But this season’s performance can’t be ignored.