Now she’s also earned a raise and contract extension from her boss.
UT athletic director Dave Hart told the News Sentinel on Tuesday that Warlick has received a one-year contract extension and a $65,000 raise.
Warlick’s total compensation is now $550,000 annually. Including the extension, her deal runs through March 2017.
“Holly has done an outstanding job of transitioning into her new job,” Hart said. “She’s done it with tangible passion and persistence.”
Hart said $50,000 is being added to Warlick’s broadcast stipend and $15,000 to her previous base salary of $300,000.
Warlick received $105,000 in bonuses last season for winning the SEC regular-season title ($25,000), reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament ($60,000), winning SEC Coach of the Year ($10,000) and her team’s above-average APR score ($10,000). Including her previous total salary of $485,000, she earned $595,000.
“I’m very proud of (last
season),” Warlick told the News Sentinel on Tuesday. “I’m disappointed we didn’t go farther but I think we’re getting the players (headed) back in the direction of where this program has been. I think we’re maintaining the tradition that has been built.”
Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell is the highest-paid women’s basketball coach in the SEC and will earn $950,000 in total compensation for the 2013-14 season.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley received a raise and extension in April for a total salary package of $850,000.
In 2011, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair signed a three-year contract extension to bring his base salary to $800,000.
LSU coach Nikki Caldwell signed a five-year contract in 2011 that guarantees her at least $700,000 a year and offers bonuses that could top $1.2 million.
Georgia coach Andy Landers recently signed a three-year extension through the 2017 season that increased his base salary to $400,000 from $250,000. However, his annual compensation was decreased from $200,000 to $50,000.
Asked about her raise and extension, Warlick said, “I think (Hart) wanted to show his faith in me and where the program is headed.”
The former Lady Vols point guard who was a UT assistant for 27 years was promoted after Summitt stepped down. Warlick led the Lady Vols to a 27-8 record and an SEC regular-season championship. The season ended with a third consecutive Elite Eight appearance and a 86-78 loss to Louisville in Oklahoma City.
Hart said Warlick’s performance reflected the qualities he saw in her the previous season when she, in effect, was an acting head coach while Summitt dealt with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
“Not many people step into the shoes of a legend,” Hart said. “It’s very difficult, especially with the expectations.
“By the same token (the 2011-12 season) made it clear in my mind her ability to handle the challenge.”
The Lady Vols return three starters from last season’s team and are expected to begin the 2013-14 season ranked in the top 10. Next year’s Final Four will be played less than three hours away from Knoxville at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“We’re not trying to dodge that,” Warlick said of next season’s friendly Final Four location. “It’s motivation for us. We talk about it. We put it out there.”
Staff writer Brendan F. Quinn and sports editor Phil Kaplan contributed to this story.