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“It’s definitely different from the Holly we’ve known previously, but I think as a head coach, you have to have that and you have to kind of lay down that line,” Spani said.

Spani offers experience to a Tennessee roster with only two seniors and one junior. The Lady Vols have nobody who started an NCAA tournament game last season.

Warlick said the mission remains the same.

“We want to go and win a national championship, regardless of whether we went last year, four years ago or whatever,” Warlick said. “It’s the same amount of expectations, maybe a little more since we haven’t been (since 2008). That’s our goal and what we’re recruiting to do.”