Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, is stepping down from her position with the Tennessee Lady Vols, less than eight months after revealing she had early onset dementia.
“I’ve loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role,” the 59-year-old Hall of Famer said Wednesday in a statement issued by the school.
Longtime assistant Holly Warlick will take over for Summitt, who will become head coach emeritus. Warlick, a three-time All-American, assisted Summitt for 27 years.
A news conference is scheduled Thursday afternoon at the school in Knoxville.
“I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a
spokesperson in the fight against Alzheier’s through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund,” she said in the statement.
Summitt will report to Hart in her new role while assisting the program she guided to eight national titles since taking over in 1974.
Summitt’s career ends with a 1,098-208 record, 16 regular-season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles. She also led the 1984 Olympic team to a gold medal.
During her time, Tennessee never failed to reach the NCAA tournament, never received a seed lower than No. 5 and reached 18 Final Fours.
Every Lady Vol player who has completed her eligibility at Tennessee has graduated, and 74 former players, assistants, graduate assistants, team managers and directors of basketball operations are currently among the coaching ranks at every level of basketball.
Source: Associated Press