Lady Vols leaves with Holly Warlick

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Tennessee has separated from female basketball coach Holly Warlick after seven seasons, according to several reports.

Jeff Goodman, a university basketball analyst with Stadium, was the first to report the move and a source later confirmed the departure for the Times Free Press.

Warlick finished 172-67 with Lady Volunteers, winning the Southeastern Conference in 2013 and 2015. He advanced to the NCAA tournament in all seven seasons, advancing to Elite Eight in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

His last season ended with a 19-13 record and a first-round loss to UCLA in the NCAA tournament. It was a season involved in negativity, with a series of defeats in six games and the first home defeat in the history of the school with Vanderbilt in the regular season home final.

Warlick was an assistant to Pat Summitt and was part of the 949 of 1098 Summitt victories. He was also the first all-American in the history of Tennessee, earning the honor three times while recording several school records.

"I was part of this program," Warlick said after losing the UCLA. "I played here, obviously I coached Coach Summitt and I was a coach, I just want to be remembered for my passion for the program, the passion for the game, I think it's a great game, and if I had a daughter – I'm training or no – I would send you to the University of Tennessee because they care about women.

"That's what you want: you want a woman to have the opportunity to succeed."

Coach Louisville Jeff Walz was connected to work yesterday.

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @ genehenley3 or on Facebook.com/VolsUpdate.

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