Pat Summitt Steps Aside as UT Lady Vols Head Coach
KNOXVILLE, TN – Athletics officials at the University of Tennessee announced Wednesday Pat Summitt will now serve the university in a new role. The university named Summitt to the position of Head Coach Emeritus. UT officials also named Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick as Summitt’s successor. Warlick has been on the coaching staff for 27 years.
Summitt, the all-time wins leader among NCAA Basketball coaches, has a career record of 1,098-208 in 38 years of coaching. Summitt also led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and her teams played in 13 national championship games. Summitt was diagnosed with dementia in the summer of 2011.
“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 in a university news release. “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.”
The 2011-2012 season, which would be her last as head coach, Summitt lead the Lady Vols to a record of 29-9 and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Final Four Tournament. The Lady Vols lost to top-ranked Baylor in the regional finals 77-58.