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Pat Summitt steps down as Lady Vols coach

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Pat Summitt announced today that she will end her illustrious 38-year career as head basketball coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols.

She leaves her position as the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history with 1098 wins and only 208 losses. She has amassed eight national championships, second only to UCLA’s John Wooden with ten. Her 18 trips to the NCAA Final Four is the most by any coach.

Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick will take over the head coaching position. Warlick has been at Pat Summitt's side as a loyal assistant for the past 27 years. She assumed many of the head coaching duties last season after Summitt’s disclosure in August that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Before joining Summitt’s staff, Warlick was a three-time All-American point guard at UT. As a coach and player for the Lady Vols Warlick has played a role in 949 of Summitt’s 1098 victories.

Summit may no longer be running the show, but in her press release she stated that she will continue to maintain an active presence within the program:

"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."

Warlick will surely face some adjustments next season as she assumes all of the head coaching duties and replenishes a roster which graduated all five starters. The Lady Vols return only six players and will have three incoming freshmen. The coaching staff continues to pursue several junior college players as well.

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