Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Pat Summitt Steps Down as Lady Vols Coach
Summitt, who has lead the Lady Vols to a remarkable eight national championships during her tenure, was recently diagnosed with a case of Alzheimer's. She said, "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 will always be known as a pioneer in the women's basketball world. She brought credibility to the Tennessee women's basketball program. She will be stepping down with an impressive 1,098 wins, the most for any coach in the history of NCAA basketball. Other accomplishments include 16 SEC championships, and 18 Final Fours.
The person to take Summitt's head coaching position will be assistant coach, Holly Warlick. Warlick is the 27 year assistant coach to Summitt, and a former player of hers as well.
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart may have said it best, "It is extremely difficult to adequately express what Pat Summitt has meant to the University of Tennessee, the sport of basketball, and the growth of women's athletics nationally," Hart said. "She is an icon who does not view herself in that light, and her legacy is well-defined and everlasting. Just like there will never be another John Wooden, there will never be another Pat Summitt."
Pat Summitt will forever be remembered as a legendary coach, and beyond the basketball floor, an amazing woman.