Women's College Basketball

 
             === Summitt ends career; named head coach emeritus ===
 
 Knoxville,  TN (Sports  Network) - Tennessee women's head basketball coach Pat
 Summitt  has  ended her brilliant  career after 38  seasons and has been named
 head coach emeritus.
 
 Summitt  announced  last  August  that  she was  diagnosed  with  early  onset
 dementia, but finished one final season on the bench.
 
 Associate head coach Holly Warlick has been named Summitt's successor. Warlick
 played under Summitt and was an assistant for 27 seasons.
 
 "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 statement Wednesday.  "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  is  the all-time wins leader  among college basketball coaches with a
 record  of 1,098-208.  The Lady  Vols won  eight national  championships under
 Summitt, played in five other title games and reached the Final Four 18 times.
 
 In  her new  role, the  59-year-old Summitt  will serve  as a  liaison to  the
 athletic director, will remain involved in on-campus recruiting and serve as a
 personal mentor to players.
 
 "If  anyone asks, you can find me observing practice or in my office," Summitt
 continued.  "Coaching is  the great passion of  my life, and the job to me has
 always  been  an opportunity to  work with  our student-athletes and help them
 discover  what they want.  I will continue to make them my passion. I love our
 players and my fellow coaches, and that's not going to change."
 
 Summitt  was the  head coach  of the  1984 U.S.  Olympic basketball  team that
 captured  a  gold medal  at the Los  Angeles Games. She  was inducted into the
 Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 in her first year of eligibility.
 
 Warlick has been on the Tennessee coaching staff for all eight of the school's
 national  championships. As either a player or coach, she he has had a role in
 949 of Summitt's 1098 wins at Tennessee.
 
 "I'm  very thankful  for all  Pat  Summitt has  done  to prepare  me for  this
 opportunity,"  said Warlick.  "She is my coach, mentor and great friend, and I
 am  honored with the opportunity to continue and add to the great tradition of
 this program."
 
 A three-time All-American as a point guard at Tennessee, Warlick held numerous
 school  records  upon the completion of  her playing career in 1980, including
 most  assists in a season and a game, most steals in a game, and most games in
 career.  Warlick was  the first Tennessee athlete, male or female, to have her
 jersey retired at the end of her career in 1980.
 
 
 04/18 14:30:58 ET

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