April 18, 2012
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 winningest coach.
Tennessee released a statement Wednesday announcing the move.
Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the
women's program she guided to eight national titles. The
59-year-old Summitt said in a statement she loved being head coach
but recognizes the time has come to step into a new role. She says
she supports Warlick as her replacement and wants to ensure the
stability of the program.
The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with early
onset dementia-Alzheimer's type.
Warlick has been Summitt's assistant for 27 seasons and was a
three-time All-American with the Lady Vols.