Welcome to the Official Bring Back the Lady Vols Website! My name is Leslie Cikra. I am a former Lady Volunteer Volleyball Player and I am helping spearhead this website, along with the help of all of the contributing Lady Vols. During my tenure at Tennessee my class finished with a 99-27 record overall, the highest winning percentage in program history at .786 and my team was 2011 first-time-sole SEC Champions.

SPRING 2017 UPDATE:  The fight is far from over.  We now have two new faces high up in the UT Leadership.  If you haven’t done so, please contact your new Athletic Director and Chancellor at the University, and respectfully let them know we are still working to Bring Back the Lady Vols!  We hope that new leadership is exactly what we need to restore the logo and name to its rightful place in Tennessee history.  Go Lady Vols!

Lady Vols vs. Mississippi State 11.6.11 by Wade Rackley/UTADPHOTO

I have been working with a handful of other former Lady Vols to bring awareness to the Tennessee athletic department’s decision to remove the Lady Vol logo. We are all deeply disappointed and hurt by the University taking away this tradition for all women’s sports with the exception of basketball in an attempt to rebrand athletics.

bryttany - lv 2009-10 --PC elizabeth olivier

The University of Tennessee announced a branding restructure within their athletic department on November 10, 2014.  Click here to see the original media release from UT.

lady vols utad photo - upsports.com

I quickly realized the magnitude of people affected by this change, including former, current and future Lady Vols.  Since we launched we have reached over 15,000 people, not including those who we have touched via multiple radio interviews and our visit to the Tennessee State Capitol.  This website is going to be a running collection of letters.

We hope that you will all take the time to read the letters.   It will help explain through the eyes of the Lady Vols the impact that this decision will have, not only on former athletes, but also on the future of Tennessee athletics.  Please refer to our LETTERS tab to find the letters from Lady Volunteers, and please join us in our fight by signing our change.org PETITION to bring back the Lady Vols!

photo by Wade Rackley:UTADPHOTO - UTSports.com

Please note: This webpage is not affiliated with the University of Tennessee.  It is a representation of the views of myself and other contributing former Lady Volunteers.

55 thoughts on “WELCOME!

  1. Coka-Cola did something very similar to this once, they created New Coke and discontinued Coke. This was not well accepted by the public, much like doing away with The Lady Vols, After about 6 to 8 weeks, Cola-Cola realized thay had made a major mistake. The comapany took quick action to correct their mistake, unlike UT. Coke was rebranded Classic Coke and New Coke went by the way side rather quickly. We can only hope that public outcry will bring back The Lady Vols to ALL women sports. As football season begins i hope this movement will gain more support on and off campus!


  2. The Feb. 1, 2016 “compromise ” which was just announced saying that a Lady Vol “patch” for all sports for one year was an acceptable approach is simply ludicrous. After one year, that athletes could then “choose” if they want to wear the patch. The contents of the memo were altered at the last minute to add the one year statement. Folks commenting on t.v. did not even know the complete contents of the memo which had been released moments beforehand.The pressure on the athletes from Cheek, Hart and the rest of the administration would be so great that it insures the end of the tradition that 28,000 people have tried to save. The arrogance of the current administration is unprecedented. It is exceeded only by the administration’s ignorance of the damage their actions are doing to U.T.–and to women’s programs throughout the school. They have moved U.T. back to a “pre-Title IX” mentality. It took us years to create the Lady Vols program in the ’70’s–we must not back down with a little crumb from the table. We must simply speak with even louder voices. Saving the Lady Vols is worth at least a decade long effort.

    Dr. Sharon Lord


  3. While I am not a former Vol athlete, I have served as president of the National Alumni Association and my wife, Mary Jo has chaired the University Womens’ Council. We have supported the Lady Vols both emotionally and financially for many years so I hope that we are qualified to leave a comment on this web site. We are both INCENSED that Athletic Director Hart, supported by Chancellor Cheek have arrogantly decreed that a patch worn for a year equates to returning the time-honored Lady Vols name. Please keep up your efforts to restore this tradition and name.
    Lew W. Dougherty, Jr.


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