The Knoxville business community gave new Lady Vols Basketball Coach Holly Warlick and her staff a warm reception last week at a well attended cocktail party at the Knoxville Convention Center. In return, Warlick made three commitments that surely gave the business folks comfort:
“We are going to continue to have a 100 percent graduation rate,” Warlick said during her brief remarks. “When these girls leave our program, they are going to be able to support themselves. If they get a husband, that will be a bonus!”
“We are going to put a quality product on the court,” Warlick said. “We will have the best players in the country.”
“We are going to represent Tennessee with class,” she concluded.
Jim Haslam, the founder and chairman of Pilot Flying J and one of the hosts of the reception, said afterwards the he has a lot of confidence that Warlick will be able to pick up where coaching legend Pat Summitt left off. “She is prepared for this job,” Haslam said. “I think she is the perfect fit.”
In addition to Pilot Flying J, the party was sponsored by First Tennessee Bank, the News Sentinel and University of Tennessee Medical Center. More than 200 guests went through a receiving line to greet Warlick and the hosts and later they noshed on such appropriately named delicacies as “Nothin’ But Net chicken and waffles,” “Post Position potato skins,” and “Dunkin’ Desserts.” The unique centerpieces featuring orange and blue flowers were by Samuel Franklin and the very impressive sound and lighting were by the Convention Center’s new vendor, M&M Productions. Moxley Carmichael was happy to have been asked to coordinate the event.
Here are some photos from the evening.
Warlick, left, listens as Jim Haslam introduces the other sponsors, from right, Norman Majors of UT Medical Center, Patrick Birmingham of the News Sentinel, and Pam Fansler of First Tennessee Bank.
Warlick poses with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
M&M Productions did an excellent job with the lighting.
Warlick with Terry and Tank Strickland
The theme of the evening was " the passing of the whistle," and this page from the News Sentinel was on display.
Lady Vols' colors, orange and blue, were everywhere.
I loved these whistles in the flower arrangements!
Staffing the check-in table were Moxley Carmichael account executive Lauren Christ, standing, and interns, from left, Julia Gardial, Andrew Tanker, and Kathleen Carlson.
From left, Pam and UT Athletic Director Dave Hart, Warlick and Jim Haslam.
From left, Carolyn Jensen, former UT Women's Athletic Director Joan Cronan, Bob Griffitts of Congressman Jimmy Duncan's office, and Margaret Dye
Warlick with UT President Joseph DiPietro and his wife, Deb
From left, Gay Lyons, City Councilman Marshall Stair, former Knoxville mayor Randy Tyree and Dr. Robert Harvey
From left, Nick Cazana, U.S. Judge Tom Varlan, and Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.
Loved the centerpieces!
Chef Chris Moore is demonstrating how to make the waffles in his fun and delicious chicken and waffles dish.
And here they are.
Jim Haslam during his remarks
Holly Warlick making a point.
Her speech was short but right on target.
Warlick called her staff to the stage. From right, Jolette Law, Kyra Elzy and Dean Lockwood
Crowd paying close attention.
And liking what they were hearing.
Warlick took time out after her remarks to give a live TV interview to WATE sports director Jim Wogan.
Jim Haslam and Holly Warlick
Tim Young, left, with Gay and Bill Lyons
News Sentinel photographer Saul Young, left, gets a fist bump from Mayor Tim Burchett.
Get a load of these desserts: banana caramel pudding trifles.
Mini chocolate lava cakes
Leigh White of WBIR-TV and her husband, Gene Rump
Mike Charland and Mary Bogert
Tom and Danni Varlan with Keith Goodwin, center
From left, Betsy Roberts, Fran Warlick (Holly's mother), Marion Warlick Ferrill (her sister) and Jackie Lane
Wonder what Danni Varlan said to Holly Warlick in the receiving line!
Warlick greets Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Maestro Lucas Richman and his wife, Debbie.
Bill Lyons, right, and Tom Varlan go through the receiving line.
Warlick poses with, from left, Jeff, Hannah and Ramona Dew.
Jim Haslam gives a hug to Warlick's mother, Fran.
State Sen. Becky Massey, left, with Moxley Carmichael staffers Shaun Fulco, center, and Amanda Shell
Tank and Terry Strickland with Mayor Tim Burchett
Rusty and Beverly Farrell pose with Jolette Law, center.
Bob Griffitts, left, with Moxley Carmichael's creative director, Charley Sexton
Part of the memorabilia display included the Olympic torch Warlick got as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team.
And the SEC tournament trophy and part of the game net from this year's Lady Vols championship.
This is Warlick's neighbor, Jean Burger.
County Commissioner Dave Wright, left, with his wife, Pat, and Jim Haslam
Joan Cronan, left, and Dara Worrell
Former Knoxville Vice Mayor Joe Bailey with daughters Sloane, left, and Reagan: adorable.
From left, John Winemiller, Brad Brittian, Lucas and Debbie Richman
Jon Roach, left, with Alan Carmichael and Ellen Robinson
Keith and Hollianne Carver, left, with Lynne and Dr. Walter Fain
Former City Councilman Larry Cox, left, with Knox County Commissioner Ed Shouse
From left, Regina Dean, Becky Hancock, Robert Elder and Lucas and Debbie Richman
Pace and Karen Robinson, with their nephew, Nate, at left.
Rick and Pennie Rushing
Mayor Tim Burchett, left, and Dino Cartwright of WVLT-TV.
Mike Charland and Kim Beets
Bob Whetsel, right, with Judge Tom Varlan
From left, Margie Nichols, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Jim Haslam, Warlick, and John Gill
From left, Mark Miller, Lynn Liddington and Teresa Beason
Morton Massey, left, and Jason Swisher
Peyton Hairston, left, and John Gill
Randy Jenkins, left, and Moxley Carmichael's Scott Bird