U.Va. Athletics Director Terry Holland
Announces Move To New Position
May 2, 2001--
Terry Holland, athletics
director at the University of Virginia for the past six years, announced
today that he will leave that position on June 1 to become a special
assistant to President John T. Casteen III.
his new role, Holland will represent U.Va. athletics to external
constituencies, especially in planning for a facility to replace
University Hall. He also will be involved with the University's
said senior associate athletics director Craig Littlepage will serve
as interim athletics director while the University conducts a national
search to fill the position.
achievements of our athletics programs under Terry's leadership
have been remarkable," Casteen said. "When he returned to the University
in 1995, I challenged him to develop top-10 programs. Not only have
several U.Va. teams played at the national-championship level, but
our athletics program overall has had its highest Sears Cup rankings
for the past three years. At the same time, our student-athletes
continue to graduate at high rates, and fundraising for scholarships
and facilities has never been stronger."
said in announcing the transition to athletics staff, "It became
apparent to me more than a year ago, when the stadium project was
winding down, that overseeing a major fundraising project and managing
the 'hands-on' needs of the athletics department were not compatible,
at least in terms of my expectations and abilities.
a new arena was a realistic possibility, then I would want to be
even more heavily involved than I was in the stadium project. In
my opinion, this would require having someone
clearly in charge of daily athletics operations. This move allows
me to focus on a project that is very dear to my heart."
years ago, the Board of Visitors approved initial planning for a
facility to replace University Hall. That project, which the University's
master plan conceives as a multi-use building on Massie Road near
the intersection with Emmet Street, is on U.Va.'s six-year capital
projects list submitted to the state last month. Private fundraising
is expected to begin this summer, Casteen said.
to budget freezes in recent years and forecasts of financial deficits,
Holland said, "While this is a precarious time for intercollegiate
athletics as a whole, it is also a time of great opportunity for
a department such as ours to continue its rise to prominence. I
have every confidence that we will meet all challenges, and I look
forward to my new role in that effort."
mens basketball coach at U.Va. from 1974 to 1990, Holland
led the Cavaliers to national prominence with more wins than any
coach in school history. Named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of
the year in 1981 and 1982, he twice finished as runner-up for national
coach of the year honors.
1990 he left Virginia for his alma mater, Davidson College in North
Carolina, where he served five years as athletics director. He had
begun his coaching career there after graduating in 1964, first
as an assistant to well-known basketball coach Lefty Driesell and
then as head coach from 1969 to 1974.
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