Pat Summitt Stepping Down at Tennessee

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G Fiume/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — After 38 seasons with the Tennessee Lady Vols team, head coach Pat Summitt will be stepping down after 1,098 wins. She will now be named head coach emeritus.

Taking over for Summitt will be associate head coach Holly Warlick.

“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 support Holly Warlick being named the next head coach, and 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 leaves as the all-time leader in wins among college basketball coaches with a record of 1,098-208. She coached The Lady Vols to eight national championships.

The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with early onset dementia-Alzheimer.

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