Two weeks after Holly Warlick was fired, athletic director Phillip Fulmer has found a replacement in Missouri State’s Kellie Harper.
According to Knoxnews.com, the deal will pay Harper $750,000 annually for five years.
Harper began her head coaching career at Western Carolina, where she became the winningest women’s basketball coach in program history. She coached the Catamounts from 2004-09, compiling a 97-65 (62-32, Southern Conference) record.
She was later hired as the North Carolina State head coach and served as their head coach from 2009-13. She was later fired after going 70-64 (23-39, ACC) in four seasons with the Wolfpack.
After being fired from North Carolina State, she was hired by Missouri State. Harper led the Bears to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance this past season. She coached the Bears from 2013-2019. Her record with the Bears sits at 118-79 (78-30 Missouri Valley Conference.
The Tennessee native played college basketball for the Lady Vols. She started at the point guard position and averaged 6.8 points per game. Harper (then Jolly) helped guide the Lady Vols to three consecutive national titles from 1996-98. In the 1998 national championship game, she scored 20 points to help the Lady Vols defeat Louisiana Tech, capping a 39-0 season.