KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT/WRCB) -- Holly Warlick's impressive debut season at Tennessee is garnering national acclaim.
The Lady Vols' first-year head coach is one of two finalists for the 2013 Spalding Maggie Dixson Rookie Coach of the Year Award.
The honor is given out annually by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and named for the late Dixon, who died shortly after leading Army to unprecedented heights in her rookie season as head coach in 2006.
Tennessee is 26-7 heading into Sunday's Sweet 16 showdown with Oklahoma. Warlick led the storied program to the SEC regular season championship in her first season after taking over for the legendary Pat Summitt.
Bucknell's Aaron Roussell is the other finalist. His team finished 15-16 overall this year, which is a 10-game improvement from last season.
"Both of these coaches have done a terrific job making an immediate impact at their institution. They will continue to make a difference in the coaching ranks, as well as with the student-athletes they deal with day in and day out," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.
The winner will be honored during the third annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 8, in New Orleans. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.