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Terry Holland To Stay At U.Va.

July 19, 1999 -- Terry Holland, athletics director at the University of Virginia, today withdrew his name from the University of Minnesota search for a head men’s basketball coach.

"Although the visit to Minnesota certainly made a positive impression on me and it is a great opportunity for a basketball coach, I remain committed to the projects that are already under way to ensure the future of U.Va. athletics programs," Holland said. "I have every intention of continuing to work toward their completion during the remaining years of my career in athletics.

"The challenges that are part of these endeavors are, from my viewpoint, great opportunities to have an impact on the future of this university in a very positive way. Our fund-raising staff and volunteers have already made incredible strides toward those goals.

"Throughout this last week," he added, "I have tried to express clearly to all that my focus and loyalty is to my job as director of athletics at the University of Virginia. That is why I have consistently said that there was not a timetable, nor the time, that would likely fit with being able to seriously consider a return to college coaching."

"We are obviously pleased that Terry will continue to lead the athletics program at Virginia, which has flourished in ways that are a credit to the University," said President John T. Casteen III. "Not only are our student-athletes committed to academic success, but they collectively finished eighth in the nation this year in the Sears Cup ranking of overall athletics excellence.

"Over the past four years he has played an important role in planning to improve athletics facilities and he has held together a solid administrative team and coaching staff. We are jointly committed to working together to assure the department’s continuing development over the long term," Casteen said.

Contact: Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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