Holly Warlick Talks Lady Vols and Pat Summitt on Caravan Stop

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Updated: 5/17/2013 6:57 pm

Chattanooga-(WDEF) Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick was on board the Big Orange Caravan stop Thursday night in Chattanooga. Warlick of course replaced legendary coach Pat Summitt last season, and it didn't appear UT skipped a beat.

Holly Warlick won the SEC regular season title in her first season. And she did it despite several injuries. Said Warlick,"I think the offseason is going to be good for us. Just healing and rehabbing. We've got to stay healthy. We've got to stay healthy."

UT should have a healthy front line next year with the addition of Mercedes Russell, the nation's top recruit. "I have a feeling Mercedes is going to stand out quite a bit at 6'6. Her wing span is so big."

Pat Summitt will be back next year as coach emeritus, and Warlick is digging that. "Excited for our players because she is someone good to be around to mentor these young women. For them to have the opportunity to be around the best coach in the country men or women, I think is special. Pat wants to be apart of it. She can stay with the program as long as she wants to stay."

Pat's son Tyler interviewed for the Lady Mocs coaching vacancy. Warlick believes Tyler is a future star. Said Warlick, "Tyler summitt is going to be an awesome women's basketball coach. He is mature beyond his age. If you look at Tyler, don't look at how old he is. You look at what he brings. He has a tremendous knowledge of the game. He has been watching basketball forever."

And speaking of coaches, Warlick praised UTC for the hiring of veteran women's coach, Jim Foster. "He'll do a great job. He loves women's basketball. Wanted to stay in it. I thought it was a tremendous hire."

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