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Memorial Service for Terry Holland to be Held Saturday in Charlottesville

by | May 2, 2023


John Kuykendall will be one of the speakers at the Service

There will be reserved seating available for former Davidson College scholar-athletes, alums and supporters. For more information, please contact your nearest usher for details.

University of Virginia Press Release
Speakers Announced for Terry Holland Tribute at JPJ on Saturday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Terry Holland had a tremendous impact on numerous student-athletes and coaches during his tenure as a coach and athletics director at Virginia, Davidson and East Carolina. On Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m., many of those individuals will have the opportunity to discuss the influence Holland had on their lives during a tribute to honor him at John Paul Jones Arena.

In addition to members of the Holland family, the lineup of speakers and presenters is a Who’s Who of college athletics.

Three-time national player of the year and Naismith Hall of Fame member Ralph Sampson will share moderator duties with ESPN basketball analyst, former UVA assistant basketball coach and former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg.

In January 2022 Terry Holland accepted the framed jersey replica on behalf of his coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell who was unable to attend the event. The oversized replica jerseys for Driesell and Holland are now hanging in Belk Arena.

Coaches scheduled to participate include Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari, Miami head basketball coach Jim Larranaga, Old Dominion head basketball coach and former UVA player Jeff Jones, Indiana Pacers head coach and former UVA player Rick Carlisle and former East Carolina head football coaches Ruffin McNeill and Skip Holtz.

Big East Conference commissioner and UVA women’s basketball standout Val Ackerman will participate along with former Davidson College president John Kuykendall.

Former student-athletes featured in the program include East Carolina and NFL standout Carlester Crumpler along with Davidson basketball players Jerry Kroll and Fred Hetzel.

In addition to Jones and Carlisle, former Virginia players featured in the service will include Wally Walker, Marc Iavaroni, Jimmy Miller, Bryant Stith, Jeff Lamp and Bobby Stokes. Friend of the UVA program Lucky Graves will also share memories of Holland.

In addition to the lineup of speakers, three-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby will perform. A native of Williamsburg, Va., Hornsby, an avid college basketball fan, was one of Holland’s favorite musical artists.

Doors will open at John Paul Jones Arena at 1 p.m. for the event. The JPJ clear bag policy will be in effect. Parking is free at the JPJ lots adjacent to the building and at the McCue Center. There will be no concessions sold during the ceremony. Hornsby will perform starting at 1:30 p.m.

The tribute will be streamed live on and on Facebook at @VirginiaCavaliers starting at 1:30 p.m. 

All-Conference Honorable Mention Terry Holland scored on this pull up jump shot. [photo from 1962 Quips & Cranks]

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions should be made to Coach Holland’s tribute within the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness and find a cure for the disease.

Donations can be made to this link:

Holland served as head coach at Virginia from 1974 to 1990, retiring as UVA’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach with a 326-173 (.653) record. Holland guided the Cavaliers to a pair of NCAA Final Four berths (1981 and 1984), three consecutive ACC regular-season titles (1981-83), two Elite Eight appearances (1983 and 1989), one ACC tournament championship (1976), one NIT crown (1980), and nine NCAA tournament appearances. He earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1981 and 1982.

In his 21 seasons of coaching (including five at Davidson), Holland’s teams compiled a record of 418-216. 

After retiring from coaching in 1990, Holland returned to Davidson as athletics director. He later became the athletics director at Virginia for seven seasons from 1994 to 2001 and then at East Carolina for 10 more years.

Holland passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the age of 80.


Davidson College Press Release

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson College community is mourning the loss of former scholar-athlete, men’s basketball coach and Director of Athletics, Terry Holland ’64, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023 in Charlottesville, Va.. He was 80 years old.

Lefty Driesell’s first freshman recruit, Holland played for the Wildcats from 1961-1964. A blue-chip player from Clinton, N.C., Holland concluded his standout career ranked among Davidson’s Top-5 in scoring and rebounding.

During his senior year, he led the ‘Cats to a 22-4 overall record and Davidson’s first-ever Top-10 National Ranking.

After serving as an assistant coach (1964-69) for the Wildcats following graduation, Holland succeeded Lefty as head coach, compiling a record of 92-43 over five years and earning Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times.

Following two postseason appearances as the Wildcats’ head coach, including a berth in the 1970 NCAA Tournament, he took over at the University of Virginia where he compiled a record of 326-173 over 16 years. In addition, he took the Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament eight times, reaching the Final Four twice, and the NIT four times, winning the championship once. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice, in 1981 and 1982.

In 1990, Holland returned to his alma mater to become the athletic director, a position he would hold from 1990-94.

As athletic director, Holland was a leader with credibility, integrity, and vision. He worked hard to gain re-entry into the Southern Conference, to attract the NCAA Soccer Championship to Davidson, and to provide a broad program for men and women scholar-athletes.

At his departure in June 1995, the Davidson athletic program of 21 varsity teams had become an exemplar of his personal ideals, and a model for many other educational institutions.

Holland later served as the Director of Athletics at Virginia (1994-2001) and East Carolina University (2004-13).

In January of 2022, Davidson College and the Department of Athletics honored Holland along with former head coach Lefty Driesell, with a jersey retirement ceremony.

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