Chesapeake Sports Club Hosts Terry Holland

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Terry Holland - Chesapeake Sports ClubMore than 125 sports fans enjoyed a rollicking speech at the Chesapeake Convention Center given by former UVA men’s basketball coach and athletic director, Terry Holland. Holland is currently serving as the Athletic Director at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

He delighted the audience with a story of being recruited by Coach Lefty Driesel who, at the time, was the first-year basketball coach at Davidson College. Holland had absolutely no desire to attend Davidson College. His dream was to play basketball at Wake Forest University which had a nationally ranked team. Davidson, meanwhile, had not won a single Division I game the previous year. However, Driesell insisted that Davidson was going to become a Top 10 team. Holland’s problem, he said, was his mother wanted him to go to Davidson which required chapel attendance three times a week and vespers twice a week. She felt this was a more wholesome environment for her son than the much larger Wake Forest campus.

Coach Driesell visited the Holland home and, instead of taking the recruit and parents out to eat at a restaurant as was customary, he ate dinner at their house.

Holland joked that Driesell ate two steaks and asked for a doggie bag to carry another one with him. When it was time for Holland to depart to go to his senior prom, Driesell offered to let him drive his car, which Holland accepted. While enjoying himself at the prom, he suddenly remembered that Driesell was still at his house talking to his mom. He hurried home to find out that he indeed would be going to Davidson College. Holland said that Lefty Driesell taught him two big lessons: 1) Always recruit the mother, and 2) If you’re going to dream – dream BIG.

Holland also gave a wonderful update on the state of college basketball, particularly the trend for conferences to grow larger and larger, with schools spread farther apart. He said he was extremely pleased that Old Dominion University was becoming a Conference USA member. He added that Conference USA was a more traditional conference where fans truly cared more about attending conference games rather than just watching them on TV.

The Chesapeake Sports Club meets the second Monday of each month from 11:30-1:00 p.m.at the Chesapeake Conference Center. To learn more about the club visit www.chesapeakesportsclub.com.

by Baxter Ennis

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