promoted to Associate Head Coach
FAYETTEVILLE -- University of Arkansas volleyball
assistant coach Holly Watts has been promoted to associate head coach,
head coach Chris Poole announced Thursday.
The Houston, Texas, native joined the Lady
Razorback staff in 1996 and helped Poole coach Arkansas to six NCAA Tournament
appearances during her tenure. Arkansas amassed a 196-69 record with Watts
as the assistant coach for a .740 winning percentage. In addition, the
Lady'Backs won seven Southeastern Conference Western Division titles during
"I appreciate the confidence that Coach Poole
and the University have in me and I feel like I can continue to contribute
to the success of the Arkansas volleyball in the future," said Watts.
"It seems like Holly has been with me from
day one," said Poole. "She does a tremendous job recruiting and keeping
us organized. Holly continues to help us move in the direction we want
to go in, towards a consistent presence in the top 25. We always have
people trying to steal her away and this was a great way for us to show
her our appreciation."
Watts is responsible for recruiting in the
Mid-South, South and West regions. In addition, Watts coordinates all
opponent scouting and tape exchange for the Lady Razorbacks as well as
coaching the Arkansas middles and team blocking.
Watts was invited to assist with the U.S.
National Team for several weeks in the summer of 1998, working with the
country's elite volleyball players. While busy with the day-to-day demands
of the Lady Razorback program, Watts also founded the Ozark Juniors, a
club program, in the Northwest Arkansas area. The Ozark Juniors play an
inter-state schedule and provide playing opportunities for several ages.
The league is continuing to expand with each season of existence.
As an athlete, the former Holly Graham helped
Texas to national dominance and was the Lady Longhorns' MVP as a senior.
An all-conference pick, she was an all-SWC and all-SWC Tournament selection
as well as being named to the all-South region team in her final year.
She went on to play basketball in her final year before graduating with
a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from UT in 1994.
Watts began her coaching career while in college
working with Mick Haley at the UT Volleyball Camps. Watts accepted the
assistant coaching job at Texas-Arlington in 1994, a position she held
until coming to Arkansas. While at UTA, Watts was responsible for summer
camp operations, organizing and presenting coaching clinics, planning
practices and road trips, and was actively involved in recruiting. She
also evaluated, selected and coached a club team that qualified for the
U.S. Junior Olympic Nationals in her first year at UTA.
Watts and her husband John, welcomed a son
to their family, Jeremiah in April 2003, and they reside in Fayetteville.