Lady Vols basketball coaching candidates: 11 options to replace Kellie Harper


Tennessee is in the market for a new women’s basketball coach.

Kellie Harper was fired after five seasons coaching the Lady Vols.

Here are candidates to monitor throughout the Lady Vols’ search.

Swing for the fences

Niele Ivey

Current job: Notre Dame coach

Ivey has established herself as one of the best coaches in the country just four seasons into her career, and she’s the kind of coach who could make an immediate impact.

She is 89-32 at Notre Dame and has led the Irish to three straight NCAA Sweet 16s, even this season when they were without All-American point guard Olivia Miles. Ivey led Notre Dame to the 2023 ACC regular-season championship, which earned her ACC Coach of the Year honors. The Irish won the ACC Tournament championship this season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Niele Ivey displays the tournament net after defeating the NC State Wolfpack at Greensboro Coliseum.

Ivey, 46, has a long track record of strong recruiting, too. She was an assistant on Notre Dame legendary coach Muffet McGraw’s staff from 2007-19. Besides the laundry list of All-Americans she recruited as an assistant, Ivey has brought in top-20 recruits like Miles, Sonia Citron, Cassandre Prosper and Hannah Hidalgo, who was a first team All-American this season as a freshman.

It would be incredibly difficult to hire Ivey with her strong ties to Notre Dame, though. Besides coaching there, she played for McGraw from 1997-2001 before her WNBA career.

As a private school, Ivey’s salary isn’t made public.

Lindsay Gottlieb

Current job: USC coach

This would be tough to do, but Danny White has to swing big. Gottlieb, 46, has transformed the USC program since she took over in 2021, and she has made a splash with big-name recruits.

Freshman JuJu Watkins, who was ranked No. 1 in the 2023 class, led USC to a Pac-12 Tournament title and the Elite Eight…

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