Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
|Team||East Carolina University|
April 2, 1942 |
Clinton, North Carolina
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
University of Virginia
|Head coaching record|
Davidson 92–43. 681
UVA 326–173. 653
|Accomplishments and honors|
|NIT Title 1980 University of Virginia|
Michael Terrence "Terry" Holland (born April 2, 1942 in Clinton, North Carolina) is the Emeritus Director of Athletics and special assistant to Chancellor Steve Ballard at East Carolina University. He is perhaps best known for his years as Coach of Virginia's men's basketball team.
Davidson College as coach
Holland went to Davidson College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1964. While at Davidson, Holland lettered in basketball for three years. His coach at Davidson was the legendary coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell. During his senior season in 1963–64, Holland served as captain of the first nationally-ranked basketball team (10th AP poll) in Wildcat history and topped the nation in field goal percentage (63.1). After graduating in 1964 he stayed at Davidson to become an assistant basketball coach. Holland's 1966–1967 freshmen team went 16–0. Five years later, in 1969, he was promoted to head coach for the Wildcats. Showing his distinction as a coach, Holland was selected as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times.
University of Virginia as coach
On April 1, 1974, Coach Holland became Virginia's head men's basketball coach. As a Cavalier, Holland accumulated a winning record of 326–173, becoming the winningest men's basketball coach in UVA history. His tenure at Virginia also included a pair of Final Four appearances (1981 and 1984), a National Invitation Tournament title (1980), Virginia's only ACC Tournament Championship in 1976, and two Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards.
Davidson College as athletic director
In 1990, Holland went back to Davidson College to become the Athletics Director. While at Davidson, his efforts helped to modernize Davidson's athletics strategy. Holland co-chaired the Presidential Working Group on Athletic Policy that developed a new policy for athletics which was implemented in 1992 by the Davidson Board of Trustees. Holland oversaw Davidson's move back into the Southern Conference.
Holland also re-organized the Davidson Athletic Foundation, which resulted in the increase of fund-raising from $350,000 to $1,000,000. In addition, under his direction, Davidson hosted and sold-out the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships for three consecutive seasons. Davidson also captured the first Barrett-Bonner Award, which recognizes the Southern Conference institution with the highest percentage of its student-athletes on the conference academic honor roll.
UVA as athletic director
In 1995, UVA came calling again for Coach Holland, this time for the Athletics Director position. One of the lasting legacies Holland left in Charlottesville was the facility expansion. With the help of generous alumni, Holland initiatives include: the $86 million expansion of Scott Stadium and creation of the Carl Smith Center; construction of the Aquatics and Fitness Center, home to Virginia's swimming and diving teams and one of the nation's top collegiate recreation facilities; expansion and naming of the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center; the University Hall Turf Field; and The Park, home to the Cavalier softball team.
In 1998–99, Virginia achieved its then highest ever finish in the Sears Directors Cup, an all-sports competition among NCAA Division I universities based on their performance in NCAA championships, taking eighth nationally. In 1999, the Charlotte Observer named Holland one of the 50 most influential figures in ACC basketball history.
In 2001, Coach Holland stepped down from the AD position to become the Special Assistant to the President of the University of Virginia.
East Carolina University
On September 8, 2004, East Carolina University officially announced Terry Holland as the new Athletics Director. The job officially began on October 1. He agreed to a five-year contract worth $276,000 the first year. On November 17, 2004, East Carolina announced that football coach John Thompson would not return for the 2005 season. To beef up the football program, Holland hired Skip Holtz as the new football coach on December 3, 2004. Continuing with the turnaround, on Feb 22, 2005 it was announced that Bill Herrion would not remain as head men's basketball coach after the season. At the time, Herrion was 69–96 in six seasons at ECU. On March 16, 2005 Holland hired South Carolina assistant Ricky Stokes, a former head coach at Virginia Tech, to be the men's basketball coach. Stokes played for Holland at Virginia. Also in 2005, Head Baseball Coach, Randy Mazey, resigned and was later replaced by Louisburg Coach Billy Godwin.
Coach Holland announced on June 23, 2005, a new policy in scheduling football opponents and scheduled future home and homes with in-state rivals North Carolina State and North Carolina, plus the University of Virginia, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Holland also scheduled the first ever men's basketball home game with an ACC opponent as Wake Forest visited Greenville in 2007. Holland was also instrumental in raising funding for a new football practice complex and new football meeting rooms, all through a fund raising campaign called the "Circle of Excellence". Holland announced future expansion plans of ECU’s Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in the summer of 2005. Tentative plans include expanding seating capacity to 50,000 and constructing a new multi-story football building/press box complex. Holland and his athletic staff ended the Men's soccer team late in 2005. On January 11, 2006, Chancellor Ballard announced that Coach Holland's contract was extended to 2011 and he assumed an additional role, "Executive Assistant to the Chancellor".
On December 12th, 2012 Terry Holland announced that he will be retiring and leaving his position as Athletic Director of East Carolina University, and will be assuming the title of Emeritus Director of Athletics. In addition, the East Carolina University board of Trustees announced that it would name the school's 4-venue Olympic Sport Complex after Holland.
Holland has also been a highly-requested television analyst, working primarily for ESPN and the ACC Television Network from 1990 to 1996, handling approximately 20 games per year.
He has remained active in basketball circles. Holland was a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee, chairing the panel in 1997. He served on the Senior National Team Committee of USA Basketball from 1992 through 1996, and currently chairs the organization's Collegiate Committee, which he has served on since 1997.
One of Holland's assistants at both Davidson and UVA was Jim Larranaga, who became a media darling in 2006 as the head coach at George Mason after leading the Patriots to an improbable berth in that season's Final Four. Other former players and/or assistants who went on to become Division I head coaches are Seth Greenberg, Jeff Jones, Dave Odom, and Ricky Stokes.
Terry Holland was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. At the time of his induction, the Hall noted that he “has a name synonymous with excellence. His coaching and administrative achievements are a testament to his character and dedication to sports. His influence on the University of Virginia’s athletic program has made him a prominent role model in Virginia sports history. Terry Holland’s induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute for a talented athlete who became a successful coach and a dedicated, visionary leader.” 
Head coaching record
|Davidson Wildcats (Southern) (1969–1974)|
|1969–1970||Davidson||22–5||10–0||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1971–1972||Davidson||19–9||8–2||1st||NIT 1st Round|
|Virginia Cavaliers (ACC) (1974–1990)|
|1975–1976||Virginia||18–12||4–8||6th||NCAA 1st Round|
|1977–1978||Virginia||20–8||6–6||T–4th||NIT 1st Round|
|1978–1979||Virginia||19–10||7–5||3rd||NIT 2nd Round|
|1980–1981||Virginia||29–4||13–1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1981–1982||Virginia||30–4||12–2||T–1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1982–1983||Virginia||29–5||12–2||T–1st||NCAA Eilte 8|
|1983–1984||Virginia||21–12||6–8||T–5th||NCAA Final Four|
|1984–1985||Virginia||17–16||3–11||8th||NIT 3rd Place|
|1985–1986||Virginia||19–11||7–7||T–4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|1986–1987||Virginia||21–10||8–6||4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|1988–1989||Virginia||22–11||9–5||T–2nd||NCAA Elite 8|
|1989–1990||Virginia||20–12||6–8||T–5th||NCAA 2nd Round|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
|Davidson Athletics Director
1990 – 1994
|Virginia Athletics Director
1994 – 2001
|East Carolina University Athletics Director
2004 – Present