Tennessee hires Kim Caldwell from Marshall as women's basketball coach – Sports News (Trending Perfect)


BLACKSBURG, VA - MARCH 22: Head coach Kim Caldwell of the Marshall Thundering Herd consoles Tamiya Lawhorn during an NCAA tournament game.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/NCAA via Getty Images)

Tennessee has found the next coach to lead its women's basketball program. Kim Caldwell will leave Marshall for Knoxville First reported by Talia Goodman.

Caldwell takes over from Kelly Harper, who was fired last week after five seasons coaching the Lady Vols. Caldwell will be formally introduced at a news conference on Tuesday. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

In Caldwell's only season at Marshall, the Thundering Herd won the Sun Belt's regular season and tournament championships, going 26-7 overall and 17-1 in the conference. This performance earned Marshall an NCAA Tournament bid as a No. 13 seed, but the Herd lost in the first round to No. 4 seed Virginia Tech.

Prior to her stint at Marshall, Caldwell coached seven seasons at Division II Glenville State, where he went 191-24 overall. She led the Pioneers to a 35-1 record and the program's first national championship in 2022.

Caldwell's hiring represents a change in philosophy for Tennessee under athletic director Danny White. Previously, the Lady Vols selected candidates tied to legendary coach Pat Summitt. Harper played for Summit, winning three national championships. Her predecessor, Holly Warlick, also played for Summit and was an assistant on its staff for 28 seasons.

That led to speculation that Tennessee would pursue Duke coach Kara Lawson, who played for the Lady Vols from 1999-2003. but, She was reportedly never interviewed for this position.

“Kim has a winning formula that she has successfully applied everywhere she has coached, through fast attacking and high pressing that led to great results,” White said. Official announcement of the school.

“In this new era of college sports, it was imperative that we find an innovative head coach with a proven track record of winning titles. We are eager to return the Lady Vols to championship level, and we are confident that Kim Caldwell is the coach who can return us to the top.”



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