Terry Holland To Be Inducted Into Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame
Jan. 24, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Former University of Virginia athletic director and men’s head basketball coach Terry Holland will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on April 26 in Portsmouth.
Holland, who is from Clinton, N.C., was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2002. He is one of six individuals entering the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in April. The others are:
*Laura Mapp, the successful coach of three women’s sports at Bridgewater College. *Johnny Oates, a player, coach and manager in major league baseball for 29 years. *J.C. Snead, winner of 12 PGA tournaments on the regular and senior tours. *Lawrence Taylor, who starred at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg and went on to become the NFL’s MVP in 1986 and a 10-time Pro Bowl selection. *Bob Thalman, a football coach who won two Southern Conference championships at Virginia Military Institute.
Holland is in his second year as a special assistant to UVa President John T. Casteen III. He served six years as Virginia’s athletic director, from July of 1995 to June of 2001, and was the men’s basketball coach at UVa from 1974-1990. He is the winningest men’s basketball coach in school history, having led the Cavaliers to unprecedented national prominence.
During Holland’s tenure as athletic director at UVa, Virginia finished in the Top 30 each year in the annual Sears Directors’ Cup ranking of college athletic programs. Virginia ranked eighth nationally in 1998-99 – its highest finish ever. Holland oversaw many major facility improvements, including the renovation of UVa’s existing football stadium to increase its capacity to over 60,000. The Carl Smith Center, home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium was completed during the summer of 2000 at a cost of approximately $86 million.
From 1990-95, Holland served as athletic director at Davidson College. He oversaw the addition of four varsity teams to the school’s program and the Wildcats’ return to the Southern Conference in every sport except football. He was inducted into the Davidson Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 1995.
In his 16 years as head basketball coach at Virginia, Holland’s teams compiled an overall record of 326-173 (.653), and he guided the Cavaliers to postseason play 13 times (nine NCAA, four NIT). He led UVa to the NIT championship in 1980 and to NCAA Final Four appearances in 1981 and 1984. Holland was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1982, and twice finished as runner-up for National Coach of the Year honors. In March of 1999, he was listed as one of the 50 most influential people in the history of ACC men’s basketball by the Charlotte Observer.
Holland was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball at Clinton High School. He was recruited in football and basketball, eventually accepting a basketball scholarship to Davidson as head coach Lefty Driesell’s first recruit.
Holland was a college basketball standout at Davidson under Driesell. He captained the 1963-64 Wildcat team which was ranked as high as third in the national polls, and he led the nation in field goal percentage (.631) while leading Davidson to a 22-4 record. Following his graduation in 1964, he remained at Davidson as an assistant coach under Driesell. In 1969, Holland was named head coach after Driesell departed for Maryland. In five seasons at Davidson, Holland’s teams compiled a 92-43 record (.681), won four Southern Conference Championships, earned one NCAA Tournament berth and also competed in the NIT once. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times.
Holland’s overall record in 21 years as a collegiate head coach is 418-216 (.659).
Since his retirement from coaching in 1990, Holland has remained a prominent figure in Division I college basketball. He has served on the Division I NCAA Basketball Committee and was chairman of the committee in 1997. Holland has also been active in USA Basketball. He served on the Senior National Team Committee that picked Dream Teams II and III, and currently chairs the Collegiate Committee for USA Basketball. The Collegiate Committee picks the under-22 teams to compete in international competition.