Holland tribute set for Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

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John Paul Jones Arena will serve as the site for the tribute to honor the life and contributions of former Virginia head men’s basketball coach and athletics director Terry Holland. The service will be held Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

Speakers will include former players, administrators and coaching peers that Holland impacted during his career that spanned Virginia, Davidson and East Carolina. There will also be a special musical performance. The specific lineup for the ceremony will be finalized and announced Monday, May 1.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. for the event. Parking is free at the JPJ lots adjacent to the building and at the McCue Center. Some parking in the JPJ Garage will be reserved for guests. There will be no concessions sold during the ceremony.

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.