Rice vs UTEP Volleyball, UTEP Memorial Gym, El Paso, Tx , October 28, 2018, Andres Acosta | El Paso Herald-Post
UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Monday that volleyball head coach Holly Watts will not return for the 2019 season.
“While the hard work and dedication is unquestioned, the results on the court did not meet expectations under Holly’s leadership,” Senter said. “We thank her for her service to UTEP and wish her well in the future.”
The Miners last posted double-digit victories (14) in her first season as head coach in 2013.
UTEP qualified for the Conference USA Tournament twice in her six seasons as head coach, in 2013 and 2016. The Miners finished 5-21 in 2018 with a 2-12 C-USA record.
A native of Devine, Texas, Watts played at Texas from 1989-93 and was elected the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1993. Watts also played one season for the Texas basketball team (1993-94), averaging 15.4 minutes, 7.5 points, and 5.6 rebounds, with a .593 field goal percentage. Her efforts helped the Longhorns to an SWC title and top-25 ranking.
She began her coaching career at the University of Texas at Arlington (1994-96), while also founding and coaching the Texas Impact Volleyball Club team during that time. Watts moved on to Arkansas in 1996. The next 12 years (1996-2007) saw the Lady Razorbacks fashion a 272-129 mark, including 138-56 in the Southeastern Conference.
A national search will begin immediately to hire her successor.