Tennessee picks Caldwell to lead storied Lady Vol basketball program

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By journalsofus.com

Knoxville, Tennessee – University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Athletics Director Danny White announced Sunday that Kim Caldwell, the 2024 Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year, has been selected to lead the Lady Volunteers. He will be introduced at a press conference on campus on Tuesday.

White said, “Our goal from the beginning has been to find a dynamic head coach who can restore our women’s basketball program to national prominence. Kim Caldwell is the ideal person to lead us.” “Kim has a winning formula that she has successfully applied everywhere she has coached, with a fast pace, high-octane offense and pressure defense that has produced remarkable results. In this new era of the college game, It was important that we found an innovative head coach with a strong track record of winning titles. We are eager to get the Lady Vols back to championship level, and we are confident that Kim Caldwell is the coach who can lead us back to the top. Can.”

Caldwell becomes the Lady Vols’ fourth head coach in the NCAA era of women’s basketball, which began under the leadership of the late, great Pat Summitt. A rising star in the profession, Caldwell quickly made a distinctive mark on two different levels of the game, earning eight NCAA berths and winning seven conference trophies in his eight seasons as a head coach. She led NCAA Division II Glenville State and DI Marshall to championship seasons with a high-octane attack on both ends of the floor and now takes the reins of the winningest program in women’s hoops history.

“I am honored and humbled to accept the role as head coach of this historic program at the University of Tennessee,” Caldwell said. “I can’t help but think about accepting the Pat Summitt Trophy three seasons ago and now being inspired by the great responsibility and opportunity to lead and carry on the incredible Lady Vol tradition she has created. I’m very much looking forward to the work “Excited and can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.”

Caldwell earned the aforementioned national recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association after guiding Marshall to a 26-7 overall record and 17-1 league mark in her first season in 2023-24. He was also named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Thundering Herd to the league’s regular season and tournament titles, as well as the school’s second NCAA Tournament berth and first since 1997.

In Caldwell’s first season with the Herd, Marshall was ranked in the top five nationally in seven different statistical categories. Leading one of the nation’s most prolific scoring offenses, the Herd finished nine games of 90+ points and five games with over 100 points. Marshall led the nation in three-point field goals attempted and ranked third in three-pointers made per game with over 10 per contest.

Picked ninth in the Sun Belt Conference preseason poll, Marshall scored 85.3 points per game (fourth nationally) and committed 24.2 turnovers per contest (second nationally) in leading the program in wins. Caldwell’s win total is the most wins by a first-year coach in MU women’s hoops history and marked the first 20-win regular-season campaign by the school since 1990–91.

With a 217–31 (.875) career record in eight seasons as a head coach, including 149–13 (.920) in conference games, Caldwell served as a program leader at her alma mater under her first name, Kim Stephens. Started in. , He led Glenville State to the 2021–22 NCAA Division II National Championship in his sixth year at the school and helped the Pioneers make seven NCAA appearances and claim six Mountain East Conference regular season crowns and four tournament titles.

For his accomplishments in the 2021–22 season, he was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy, which goes to the WBCA’s NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year. He also earned the 2022 Furfari Award, which is presented by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association to West Virginia’s college coach of the year.

In seven seasons with the Pioneers, the 2011 GSU graduate earned a 191-24 mark, including a 132-12 slate in the MEC. Their final two editions produced a combined record of 68–4, including a 35–1 national championship season in 2021–22 (22–0 in league play) and a 33–3 result after advancing to the national semi-finals in 2022–23. Was. His final unit there led NCAA Division II in points per game (91.2) and turnovers forced (27.3).

From 2016–23, he guided Glanville to six MEC regular season titles (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023) and four MEC Tournament trophies (2018, 2019, 2020, 2023), earning the MEC Coach of the Year award. Earned four Year of the Year honors. Times in 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023.

Prior to his tenure at GSU, he served as an assistant at Sacramento State under Binky Harkleroad for three seasons from 2013–16, served as Harkleroad’s assistant at Glenville State for the 2012–13 season, and Ohio Valley State for the 2012–13 season. Started his college coaching career at University. Filling a role as an assistant there from 2011–12.

Parkersburg, W.Va. A native of Washington, D.C., Caldwell helped lead GSU to the 2010–11 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and earn an NCAA Division II Tournament berth as a player. That season he was named WVIAC Student-Athlete of the Year and made the WVIAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll academically as a junior and senior.

career achievements

Record as head coach (8 seasons)

  • 217-31 overall (.875).
  • 149-13 (.920) in conference games.

National Coach of the Year (2)

  • 2024 WBCA Spalding Maggie Dixon NCAA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year
  • 2022 WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year (Pat Summitt Trophy)

Conference Coach of the Year (5)

  • Mountain East Conference: 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
  • Sun Belt Conference: 2024

NCAA Tournament (8)

  • NCAA DII: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • NCAA DI: 2024

NCAA National Championships (1)

NCAA Final Four (2)

  • NCAA DII Champion: 2022
  • NCAA DII Semifinalist: 2023

Conference Championships (7)

  • Mountain East Conference: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023
  • Sun Belt Conference: 2024

Conference Tournament Championships (5)

  • Mountain East Conference: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2023
  • Sun Belt Conference: 2024

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