Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, is stepping down as the University of Tennessee's women's coach, the school announced Wednesday.
Summitt, who was diagnosed less than a year ago with early-onset dementia-Alzheimer's type, will take the title of "head coach emeritus." She will be replaced by Holly Warlick, who has served as Summitt's 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," Summitt said in the university's statement. "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.
"If anyone asks, you can find me observing practice or in my office. 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."