May 13, 2002
Former University of Virginia athletic director and men's head basketball coach Terry Holland will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday (May 15) in Raleigh, N.C.
Holland, who is from Clinton, N.C., is completing his first year as a special assistant to UVa President John T. Casteen III. He is one of six individuals entering the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The others being inducted are Carlester Crumpler, a running back at East Carolina in the early 1970s; Joe Ferebee, who coached baseball in the state for 41 years; Jerry Steele, who has more than 500 wins as basketball coach at High Point University; Doug Wilkerson, who played football at North Carolina Central and for 14 years with the San Diego Chargers; and Dominique Wilkins, who starred at the University of Georgia and in the National Basketball Association.
Holland 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. As a high school senior, Holland's basketball coach was former Wake Forest standout Jackie Murdock who is also a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Holland credits Murdock with helping him develop the competitiveness to be successful as a college player and coach.
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.