Aglorious new era officially began at East Carolina University during the early
autumn of 2004 with the naming of Terry
Holland, a Clinton, N.C. native, to the athletic
director’s position - a selection which has already
impacted the Pirate Nation with an unparalleled
sense of energy, enthusiasm and optimism.
From campuses in Davidson to Charlottesville and Greenville, and in many basketball arenas across
the nation and globe, Holland has created a legacy and earned
a reputation as a well-respected leader in collegiate athletics for
nearly four decades. In the aspect of athletics administration, he
currently has ECU on the right course to reach unprecedented
heights in both intercollegiate competition and academic success.
In just six-plus years, Holland’s fingerprints are firmly secured
on the revitalization of a once-proud football tradition that
boasts of recent back-to-back Conference USA titles and an active
run of five consecutive bowl appearances. The on-the-field success has enabled East Carolina to enjoy unprecedented record-breaking numbers at the turnstiles as well - breaking stadium
standards for total attendance and average attendance in four-straight seasons - allowing for a 7,000-seat expansion at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium that pushed the facility’s capacity to 50,000 in
time for the 2010 campaign.
The renewed passion and spirit has resulted in unmatched
internal and external support as Pirate Club membership has
soared past 17,000 and fund-raising scholarship dollars climbed
above $6.0 million for the first time in department history. In
addition to the stadium expansion, impressive capital projects
such as the renovation of the football practice facility and the
construction of an Olympic Sports Complex have all been accomplished under Holland’s guidance.
Holland first arrived at Virginia on April 1, 1974 as head men’s
basketball coach, and over the next 16 seasons became the most
successful coach in Cavalier history, with a record of 326-173.
He helped lead the Cavaliers to a pair of Final Four appearances
(1981 and 1984) and a National Invitational Tournament title
(1980), while earning two Atlantic Coast Conference Coach-of-the-Year awards.
In 1990, he returned to his alma mater, Davidson College, to
become its athletic director, but five years later he was back in
Charlottesville to take on the athletic director duties at Virginia.
Holland, an avid fishing enthusiast, was born April 2, 1942 in
Clinton, N.C. He and wife Ann are the parents of two daughters,
Kate (37, a 1995 graduate of Wake Forest) and Ann-Michael (34,
a 1997 graduate of Virginia). They are also grandparents of two
boys, Holland and Harrison, born to Kate and her husband Steve
Director of Athletics • Davidson ’64