On Sunday night, the world lost a legendary basketball coach and athletic administrator, Terry Holland. The University of Virginia announced his passing on Monday, revealing that Holland died at the age of 80 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
For sixteen seasons, Holland served as the head coach of Virginia’s men’s basketball team, leading the Cavaliers to unprecedented success and national prominence. During his tenure, he guided the team to thirteen NCAA tournament appearances, four ACC regular-season titles, and one ACC tournament championship.
However, Holland’s impact on Virginia basketball went far beyond his success on the court. He instilled a culture of hard work, dedication, and excellence that shaped the program for years to come. His contributions to the university’s athletic department continued long after he stepped down as head coach, as he served as the athletic director from 1994 to 2001.
Holland’s dedication to his players was legendary, and many of them credit him with shaping them not only as athletes but as individuals. His leadership and guidance extended far beyond the basketball court, and he will always be remembered for the lasting impact he had on the lives of those he coached.
Other Articles: Xavi To Bench 4 Midfield System After Barca’s League Exit.
In recent years, Holland’s health had declined as he battled Alzheimer’s disease. He stopped attending Virginia home games, ending a tradition of sitting courtside that had spanned decades. However, his legacy will continue to live on in the countless players and coaches he influenced throughout his remarkable career.
Terry Holland will be deeply missed, but his contributions to the world of college basketball and athletics will never be forgotten.