Basketball (W) / NCAA / Pat Summitt steps aside after 38 years at Tennessee
Move comes less than a year after Summitt's diagnosis with early-onset dementia.
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Pat Summitt is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of "head coach emeritus," with long-time assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace the sport's most successful coach.
The move comes less than a year after Summitt's diagnosis with early-onset dementia - Alzheimer's type. Tennessee released a statement yesterday announcing the move.
The 59-year-old Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the women's program she guided to eight national titles. "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.
Summitt revealed her diagnosis in August after a few months of trying to come to terms with dementia, which had caused her problems with memory loss both on and off the court he previous season.
It's unlikely anyone will ever come close to matching Summitt's accomplishments in women's basketball, which has seen more parity in the past decade. Summitt's career ends with a 1,098-208 record, 16 regular season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.
During her time, Tennessee never failed to reach the NCAA tournament, never received a seed lower than No. 5, and reached 18 Final Fours.