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Rackham Watt’s Contract Extended After Volleyball’s Historic Season

Rackham Watt’s Contract Extended After Volleyball’s Historic Season


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After leading Tennessee volleyball to one of the best seasons in program history, head coach Eve Rackham Watt agreed to a contract extension through January of 2029, Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Danny White announced Friday.
 
“From the time I arrived at Tennessee, it’s been so much fun to watch Eve and her staff bring our volleyball program back to national prominence,” White said. “Finishing in the top 10 of the national rankings for just the third time in school history points to the program’s upward trajectory under her leadership. We are thrilled to announce this extension to keep Eve and her family on Rocky Top!”
 
The 2023 SEC Co-Coach of the Year concluded her sixth season on Rocky Top in 2023 and has compiled a record of 116-55. In her first six seasons, Rackham Watt became the fastest coach in program history to reach 20 wins in conference play, became the second-fastest to reach the 50-win and 100-win milestones in Tennessee history. The Sebastopol, California, native is currently the third-winningest coach in program history and holds a 74-36 record against SEC opponents.
 
“I am incredibly excited about the future of Tennessee Volleyball and want to thank Danny White, Cam Walker and Angie Boyd Keck for their support of me, my staff and what we are building here,” Rackham Watt said. “Since arriving in Knoxville, we have dedicated ourselves to revitalizing this program and striving to compete on a national stage. Coming off the most successful season in almost 20 years, I am proud of where we are, yet fully aware that there is still much more to achieve. Our administrative support has been tremendous, and I am looking forward to continuing to move our program forward.”
 
The Big Orange enjoyed one of the best campaigns in program history, advancing to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2005, hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and earning the program’s best-ever national seed at No. 10. The Lady Vols finished second in the SEC, which produced a conference-high eight NCAA Tournament teams, with a 15-3 record, and they defeated five ranked opponents throughout the season.
 
Tennessee swept 19 opponents in 31 matches on the year, marking the second-highest total for a single season in program history and the most since having 20 in 1983. UT boasted one of the country’s elite offenses, ranking inside the top five nationally…

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