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Tennessee fires girls’s basketball coach Kellie Harper

University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper was fired Monday after five seasons behind the Lady Volunteers’ bench. Photo by Jordan7410/Wikimedia Commons April 1 (UPI) — The University of Tennessee on Monday fired women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper after five seasons of guiding the Lady Volunteers program. The move came a week after sixth-seeded

Tennessee fires girls’s basketball coach Kellie Harper

College of Tennessee girls’s basketball coach Kellie Harper was fired Monday after 5 seasons behind the Woman Volunteers’ bench. Photograph by Jordan7410/Wikimedia Commons

April 1 (UPI) — The College of Tennessee on Monday fired girls’s basketball coach Kellie Harper after 5 seasons of guiding the Woman Volunteers program.

The transfer got here every week after sixth-seeded Tennessee misplaced within the second spherical of the NCAA event to North Carolina State, ending the 2023-24 season with a 20-13 file.

“After an intensive evaluate of our girls’s basketball program, I’ve knowledgeable Kellie we’re making a change in management,” Tennessee athletics director Danny White mentioned in a statement. “Selections like these are by no means simple to make, particularly with somebody who has executed a lot for the Woman Vols as a three-time nationwide champion student-athlete.”

A nationwide search to switch Harper will “start instantly,” he mentioned.

Harper led the Woman Vols to a 108-52 file (53-24 in convention play) in her 5 seasons as head coach after changing Holly Warlick in 2019, however was unable to get the as soon as high-flying program previous the Candy 16 spherical within the NCAA tourney or to win a Southeastern Convention title.

She has robust connections to Tennessee’s period of dominance within the girls’s sport throughout the Nineteen Nineties as the place to begin guard underneath legendary coach Pat Summitt when the squad gained three consecutive nationwide championships and went 39-0 in 1998.

“It has been an honor to serve at my alma mater and to educate a Woman Vol program I really like so dearly,” she mentioned in a press release. “I’m grateful for the chance my workers and I’ve needed to lead a tremendous group of younger girls and to mentor them on the courtroom in addition to present them with life expertise that can profit them far past the sport of basketball.”

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