CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Terry Holland had a tremendous impact on numerous student-athletes and coaches during his tenure as a coach and athletics director at Virginia, Davidson and East Carolina. On Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m., many of those individuals will have the opportunity to discuss the influence Holland had on their lives during a tribute to honor him at John Paul Jones Arena.
The event is open to the public. In addition to members of the Holland family, the lineup of speakers and presenters is a Who’s Who of college athletics.
Three-time national player of the year and Naismith Hall of Fame member Ralph Sampson will share moderator duties with ESPN basketball analyst, former UVA assistant basketball coach and former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg.
Coaches scheduled to participate include Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Miami head basketball coach Jim Larranaga, Old Dominion head basketball coach and former UVA player Jeff Jones, Indiana Pacers head coach and former UVA player Rick Carlisle and former East Carolina head football coaches Ruffin McNeill and Skip Holtz.
Big East Conference commissioner and UVA women’s basketball standout Val Ackerman will participate along with former Davidson College president John Kuykendall.
Former student-athletes featured in the program include East Carolina and NFL standout Carlester Crumpler along with Davidson basketball players Jerry Kroll and Fred Hetzel.
In addition to Jones and Carlisle, former Virginia players featured in the service will include Wally Walker, Marc Iavaroni, Jimmy Miller, Bryant Stith, Jeff Lamp and Bobby Stokes. Friend of the UVA program Lucky Graves will also share memories of Holland.
In addition to the lineup of speakers, three-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby will perform. A native of Williamsburg, Va., Hornsby, an avid college basketball fan, was one of Holland’s favorite musical artists.
Doors will open at John Paul Jones Arena at 1 p.m. for the event. The JPJ clear bag policy will be in effect. Parking is free at the JPJ lots adjacent to the building and at the McCue Center. There will be no concessions sold during the ceremony. Hornsby will perform starting at 1:30 p.m.
The tribute will be streamed live on VirginiaSports.com and on Facebook at @VirginiaCavaliers starting at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions should be made to Coach Holland’s tribute within the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness and find a cure for the disease.
Donations can be made to this link:
Holland served as head coach at Virginia from 1974 to 1990, retiring as UVA’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach with a 326-173 (.653) record. Holland guided the Cavaliers to a pair of NCAA Final Four berths (1981 and 1984), three consecutive ACC regular-season titles (1981-83), two Elite Eight appearances (1983 and 1989), one ACC tournament championship (1976), one NIT crown (1980), and nine NCAA tournament appearances. He earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1981 and 1982.
In his 21 seasons of coaching (including five at Davidson), Holland’s teams compiled a record of 418-216.
After retiring from coaching in 1990, Holland returned to Davidson as athletics director. He later became the athletics director at Virginia for seven seasons from 1994 to 2001 and then at East Carolina for 10 more years.
Holland passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the age of 80.
Live captions will be provided for this event. For additional accommodations contact Kelton Gray / Event Coordinator / John Paul Jones Arena / firstname.lastname@example.org / 434-924-3687 to request additional accommodations as soon as possible.