Daedra Charles-Furlow not retained; Lady Vols to hire assistant to head coach

UT will instead hire assistant to the head coach

Daedra Charles-Furlow

Daedra Charles-Furlow

Tennessee's Holly Warlick has hired two new assistant coaches and a director of women's basketball operations. And she's still not done with her staff makeover.

Warlick, who replaced legendary coach Pat Summitt on April 18, still has to hire an assistant to the head coach, a role similar to the one held by Stephanie Glance on Summitt's staff to start the 2009-10 season.

While this position has been restored, the director of character development has been eliminated.

Former UT player Daedra Charles-Furlow, who held the position, hasn't been retained. Charles-Furlow had been on Tennessee's staff for four years. She came back as an assistant coach before moving into her new role before the 2010-11 season.

Warlick said that she hoped to meet with Charles-Furlow this week.

"I think she wanted to pursue other opportunities," Warlick said Sunday. "I'm extremely supportive of Daedra. She's been good for this program."

Warlick, who's reorganized her staff with assistance from athletic director Dave Hart, said that she's not necessarily looking for an aspiring coach to be her assistant.

She described the job as administrative in nature.

"I'm looking for someone that knows women's basketball, that has some administrative experience,'' Warlick said. "It has to be a pretty well-rounded person."

Last Friday, Mike Beaumont was announced as the new director of operations, replacing Kathy Harston. Warlick said Beaumont used to be a personal trainer in Knoxville and that she's known him for nearly 20 years.

As for her coaching assistants, Warlick said that she doesn't plan to designate one as an associate head coach. Former UT player Kyra Elzy was an associate head coach at Kentucky before returning to the Lady Vols. The other new assistant, Jolette Law, was the coach at Illinois before being fired in March. Dean Lockwood has been on the women's staff for eight years.

Elzy's UT job description includes recruiting coordinator.

"I think all three are going to be dynamic,'' Warlick said. "I don't want to narrow it down. They're good in all areas."

Warlick attended the Big Orange Caravan stop in Maryville last night and plans to attend every stop thereafter.

"I think it's important," she said. "I think its important for the fans to see me in a different role and to explain where we are and where we're headed."

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SummittsCourt writes:

Reel in Mercedes Russell please!

volboy81 writes:

isnt the Maryville BOC meeting tonight, not last night? Glad to see it was Daedra's decision to leave & not Holly's decision to fire her! Mercedes Russell would be a great get! #1 recruit in the nation!
GO LADY VOLS!!

TheBanker writes:

I really like Daedra and hope she would be around to be a reminder of the tenacity of Lady Vol Basketball. We will miss her Detroit toughness in TN.

ladyvolcp3 writes:

Expect Mercedes to be a follower and not a trend setter and choose UNC as well.

Razor784 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Reel in Mercedes Russell please!

Ditto and also get Kaela Davis back

WCBB_FAN writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Reel in Mercedes Russell please!

Russell will not be joining the lady vols program. It will be hard for her to depart from her friends. Have you been day dreaming since the announcement was made Sat. Diamonds's plan THE FAB FIVE NEW EDITION WILL CONTINUE.

Theo writes:

in response to ladyvolcp3:

Expect Mercedes to be a follower and not a trend setter and choose UNC as well.

Mercedes may indeed not become a Lady Vol and may end up at UNC. But if she were such a "follower" she would have committed with the group this weekend. Let's believe she has a mind of her own and will examine all of her options fully.
She would look great in Lady Vol orange and blue. I have the utmost confidence in Coaches Elzy and Law to bring in the sort of kids it will take to maintain our place at the top of Women's basketball.
The fact that Holly has know the new LV administrator for 20 years clears up a lot.

Pullingguard writes:

You know, this gal just may do great coaching the Lady Vols.... I like the idea of surrounding yourself with your own picked people... Now, go win and you will be a hero...

WCBB_FAN writes:

in response to Theo:

Mercedes may indeed not become a Lady Vol and may end up at UNC. But if she were such a "follower" she would have committed with the group this weekend. Let's believe she has a mind of her own and will examine all of her options fully.
She would look great in Lady Vol orange and blue. I have the utmost confidence in Coaches Elzy and Law to bring in the sort of kids it will take to maintain our place at the top of Women's basketball.
The fact that Holly has know the new LV administrator for 20 years clears up a lot.

Mercedes will make her offical visit to UNC in June. That's why her announcement wasn't made over the weekend. Trust me she is playing a big role in the Fab Five too. One of her buddies let the secret out the bag.

Theo writes:

in response to WCBB_FAN:

Mercedes will make her offical visit to UNC in June. That's why her announcement wasn't made over the weekend. Trust me she is playing a big role in the Fab Five too. One of her buddies let the secret out the bag.

You may very well be correct. My order of importance is:
1. She becomes a Lady Vol
2. She does not go to the hell hole that Connecticut is.
3. She goes, for her own sake to an ethical, high class program - UNC and SH are in that group.
If Coach's Elzy and Law have until June to lay out why UT would be a great fit I like our chances. Shockingly enough 17-18 year olds have been known to change their minds.

clvolfan writes:

in response to Theo:

Mercedes may indeed not become a Lady Vol and may end up at UNC. But if she were such a "follower" she would have committed with the group this weekend. Let's believe she has a mind of her own and will examine all of her options fully.
She would look great in Lady Vol orange and blue. I have the utmost confidence in Coaches Elzy and Law to bring in the sort of kids it will take to maintain our place at the top of Women's basketball.
The fact that Holly has know the new LV administrator for 20 years clears up a lot.

UH! Orange and blue??? Maybe a touch of blue in there,but will always be Orange and White.

BIGEJ writes:

Did the fab five ever win a national championship or just call a time out?

proudveteran writes:

Mercedes will sign with UT because the Lady Vols do not have a post...see starts from "day one". Watch for her to finish high school early in December and enter UT in January 2013 as an immediate starter. I am impressed with the quickness, thoroughness,and staff needs that Holly has "immediately" accomplished. She is on a mission to put the Lady Vols program back to its days of prominence. Although I had serious doubts at the beginning of the season,I am now satisfied that she is the best choice and will put the Lady Vols back to the top. She has my support all the way.

etu_vol_fan writes:

Director of Character Development is a fancy title to keep someone on the payroll that is not actually coaching.

Theo writes:

in response to clvolfan:

UH! Orange and blue??? Maybe a touch of blue in there,but will always be Orange and White.

My bad, my bad. Yes, the colors of the American daisy, growing on the lawns of Hill College forever. Perhaps with a touch of Tennessee blue sky?

tovolny writes:

Posters dealing with LadyVols' issues do a much better job than posters commenting on football matters. Why is that?

born2ride writes:

in response to tovolny:

Posters dealing with LadyVols' issues do a much better job than posters commenting on football matters. Why is that?

Because nobody wants to fire the Lady Vols coach.

Theo writes:

in response to born2ride:

Because nobody wants to fire the Lady Vols coach.

And this poster is a great example of why the football threads are horrible.

tovolny writes:

If Mercedes doesn't want to come to UT, then we don't want her. It isn't sour grapes, but just a matter of sportsmanship. No doubt she will lead some team to the Final Four. We can still get good players. We have been missing a team concept anyway. We have high school AA coming back for the 2012-2013 season. We will be solid at guard, solid at wing and power, we are as athletic as any team. A 6'5" body under the bucket would solve the equation. But, two good 6'3" players playing as a team might be better. Holly knows, because I know Holly.

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Best wishes to Daedra Charles-Furlow in her future endeavors. She contributed to UT in many ways as Lady Vol player and coach. Godspeed Daedra!

bUTchVFL writes:

I'm ready to start winning games and quit talking about administrative issues. Just win Vols.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to WCBB_FAN:

Mercedes will make her offical visit to UNC in June. That's why her announcement wasn't made over the weekend. Trust me she is playing a big role in the Fab Five too. One of her buddies let the secret out the bag.

A wise man changes his/her mind every now and then; a fool never does.

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