Big but expected news broke Wednesday out of Knoxville.

According to Jeff Goodman from Stadium, The University of Tennessee and Lady Vols basketball coach Holly Warlick have parted ways.

The university has since confirmed the news. Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer has confirmed he talked with Warlick Wednesday afternoon and relieved her of her duties.

 

"Holly and I met this afternoon, and I informed her of the decision to change leadership within the program," Fulmer said. "Holly has dedicated most of her adult life to the University of Tennessee and the Lady Vols program. She loves Tennessee, and Tennessee needs to always love her back. She was front and center as this program developed into the model for women's intercollegiate excellence.

"While it certainly stings to make this decision, I am charged with doing what I believe is best for this storied program. It's important to all of us that Lady Vols basketball maintains its status among the elite," Fulmer said.

A national search for the next Lady Vols head coach is underway. Assistant coach Dean Lockwood will maintain operational oversight of the program until a coaching hire is made.

Warlick took over for the late Pat Summitt prior to the 2012-13 season. She has been apart of the program since 1985 when she joined Summitt's staff as an assistant. She also played under Summitt from 1976-80 and was a three-time All-American point guard.

Warlick guided the Lady Vols to the NCAA Tournament in all seven of her seasons as head coach. She compiled a 172-67 record, winning the SEC regular season championship in 2013 and 2015, and SEC Tournament title in 2014.

A rare, new chapter awaits the Lady Vols program.

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