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This is sad news: Pat Summitt is stepping down from head coach at Tennessee. Pat Summitt set the tone for women’s top-level basketball, and we’ll miss her presence and hope and pray for her in the tough days ahead.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt is stepping aside as Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach and taking the title of “head coach emeritus” with long-time assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace the sport’s winningest coach.

Tennessee released a statement Wednesday announcing the move.

The 59-year-old Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the women’s program she guided to eight national titles. She says she supports Warlick, her assistant for 27 years and a three-time All-American playing for Summitt, as her replacement and wants to ensure the stability of the program.

The move comes less than a year after her diagnosis with 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,” said Summitt.

“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.

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  • Rick D

    Phenomenal coach with an incredible legacy!

  • JoeyS

    Great coach. She came to my high school several times to quart a future Volunteer and I’ve watched her career ever since. Sad news.

  • This is an important statement for her to make. I admire her so much. I hope that Pat will continue to raise awareness. We need a cure. My first awareness of this disease was when Reagan announced it to the world.

    Now years later I am dealing with it in our home. I have been blogging about my husband’s Alzheimer’s for almost four years now and he is doing so well in stage one of this awful disease. This last week he was asked to pray two times in public (our church and Toastmasters) and his prayers were so wonderful, yet he doesn’t remember being asked to pray. The LORD does.

    Pat still has abilities and so does my husband. Dr. McKnight, usually you get soooo many comments when you post, and it is curious that people don’t know how to comment about a tragedy like a dementia disease.