(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — After coaching the Tennessee Lady Vols for 38 seasons, Pat Summitt stepped down on Thursday as head coach.
The Hall of Famer will now have a different role as head coach emeritus next season.
“I can say I have been happy to be your coach,” said Summit. “It is really a great ride me. For almost four decades it has been a privilege to make an impact on the lives of 161 women who have worn the orange. I am so proud of them, the Lady Vol student athletes.”
Holly Warlick will now become the new Lady Vols head coach.
“I just felt like it was time for me to step down knowing that Holly was going to be in great hands,” said Summitt, who revealed on Aug. 23 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. “She’s a great coach and you know I’m going to continue to support her. You know it’s never a good time but you have to find the time that you think is the right time and that is now.”
Summitt leaves as the all-time leader in college basketball.
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