Terry Holland

Terry Holland (1942-2023)

Teams coached: Davidson Wildcats, Virginia Cavaliers
Davidson record: 92-43 (.681)
Virginia record: 326-173 (.653)
Overall record: 418-216 (.659)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1974-1990 Virginia
1969-1974 Davidson
1964-1969 Davidson (asst)

Terry Holland Facts

  • Michael Terrance Holland
  • Born April 2, 1942
  • Died February 26, 2023
  • Hometown: Clinton, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Davidson College (BA, 1964)
  • Lettered for three seasons at Davidson, playing for Hall of Fame head coach Lefty Driesell
  • Started his coaching career right after graduation, joining Driesell‘s staff at Davidson in 1964
  • Took over the Davidson program as head coach in 1969, leading the Wildcats for the next five seasons
  • Hired as the head coach at Virginia in April 1974, where he would led the Cavaliers for the next sixteen seasons
    • Led the team to the NCAA Tournament nine times, including trips to the Final Four in 1981 and 1983, and a NIT title in 1980
    • Recruited then coached three-time NPOY Ralph Sampson at Virginia from 1979-1983
    • Left coaching in 1990 with the most wins and the second- (now third-) highest winning percentage in program history
  • Returned to his alma mater Davidson in 1990 to serve as Athletic Director, where he stayed for the next four years
  • Held the same position at Virginia from 1994-2001, a tenure that was notable for the expansion of athletic facilities across the campus
    • Served as Special Assistant to the President from 2001-2004
  • Took over as Director of Athletics at East Carolina in 2004; made numerous facility updates to ECU’s athletic programs during his tenure
    • Retired in 2013 and assumed the title of Director of Athletics Emeritus at ECU until his death in 2023
  • Holland passed away in February 2023 at the age of 80; survived by his wife, Ann, their two daughters and three grandchildren

Terry Holland Coaching Tree

  • Rick Carlisle (Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons)
  • Bill Cofield (Wisconsin)
  • Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech, South Florida, Long Beach State)
  • Marc Iavaroni (Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Jeff Jones (Old Dominion, American, Virginia)
  • Jim Larrañaga (Miami FL, George Mason, Bowling Green)
  • Craig Littlepage (Rutgers, Penn)
  • Dave Odom (South Carolina, Wake Forest)
  • Barry Parkhill (Saint Michael’s, William & Mary)
  • Mike Schuler (Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Rice)
  • Anthony Solomon (St. Bonaventure)
  • Ricky Stokes (East Carolina, Virginia Tech)