Summitt steps down as Tennessee women’s basketball coach
Knoxville, TN, United States (AHN Sports) – Tennessee announced Wednesday that legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt will step aside, with longtime assistant Holly Warlick taking over bench duties.
Summitt, who will serve as “head coach emeritus”, has been dealing with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type for about a year.
“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,” said Summitt.
“I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. 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 Alzheimer’s through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.”
Summitt posted a 1,098-207 record, 16 regular season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.
The Vols have won eight national titles, but have struggled in recent years to regain their previous dominance.