Following a record-setting 38-year career as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Pat Summitt resigned from her legendary post yesterday.
The announcement came less than a year after Summitt’s diagnosis of early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type.
“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,” Summitt said in a statement, adding:
“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 – who was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 2011 along with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski – will take on the job/title of “head coach emeritus,” be permitted to sit behind the bench during games and serve as a supervisor to the program she helped build.
Veteran assistant coach Holly Warlick has been promoted to the lead job.