STAFF

KELLIE HARPER | HEAD COACH

1999 University of Tennessee graduate and former women’s basketball standout Kellie (Jolly) Harper was announced by UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer as the new head coach of the Lady Volunteers on April 9, 2019.

Harper became only the third Lady Vol head coach in the NCAA era of women’s basketball. She took the reins at Tennessee after six years of leading the Missouri State Lady Bears, capped by the 2018-19 season’s impressive march to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and magical run to the NCAA Sweet 16.

A native of Sparta, Tenn., Harper was a point guard for the legendary Pat Summitt at UT from 1995-99, playing 132 games and helping the Lady Vols win NCAA National Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. She was part of a senior class that helped the Big Orange forge a 131-17 overall record as well as win two SEC regular season titles (1998, 1999) and three SEC Tournament crowns (1996, 1998, 1999).

JON HARPER | ASSISTANT COACH

Jon Harper was announced as an assistant coach for the Lady Vols on April 15, 2018. The husband of head coach Kellie Harper, he is in his 16th season as a vital member of her staff and assists with all aspects of the program. The two have worked together since they were assistants at Chattanooga.

In six seasons at Missouri State, Harper mentored players who earned a total of 15 all-Missouri Valley Conference selections, including two-time first-team picks Kenzie Williams and Liza Fruendt, 2016 MVC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Tyonna Snow, 2018 first-team selection Alexa Willard and 2019 first-team choice Danielle Gitzen.

The Lady Bears accumulated 118 wins, five top-three MVC finishes and five postseason berths with Harper on staff, including a 2016 NCAA Tournament appearance after a 24-10 record and MVC Tournament championship and a 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 finish with a 25-10 record and MVC tourney title.

JENNIFER SULLIVAN | ASSISTANT COACH

Jennifer Sullivan was officially announced as a member of the Lady Vol staff on April 15, 2019. She was an integral part of Kellie Harper's program at Missouri State from 2013-18, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator there alongside current UT colleague Jon Harper before spending the 2018-19 season at Ohio State as an assistant coach.

After five seasons in Springfield, Mo., at MSU, Sullivan joined the OSU women’s program last season. Her lone year in Columbus found the Buckeyes mixing together five graduate transfers and three freshmen with four returning players. Sullivan played an instrumental role in developing chemistry throughout the campaign. The Buckeyes started the year 4-8 but went on to win 10 of their final 15 regular season games to finish fifth in the Big Ten with a 10-8 mark.

MICHAEL BEAUMONT | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

In assembling her staff, Tennessee head women's basketball coach Holly Warlick's third hire was Director of Basketball Operations Michael Beaumont. He now is in year seven in that capacity.

Previously, Beaumont was on the staff at Ole Miss as the Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations from January 2008-12 working for (then) head football coach Houston Nutt.

A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (2000, B.S.E in Health Education) and Arkansas State (1994, B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science), Beaumont worked as an academic counselor for the University of Arkansas men's athletics department (2006-08), working primarily with football, before joining the Rebels.

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