Pat Summitt Steps Aside as Tennessee's Women's Basketball Coach

Matthew CohenContributor IIIApril 18, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 01:  Tennessee Volunteers women's head coach Pat Summitt waves to the fans as she is honored along with former USA Women's basketball coaches at halftime of the game between the Baylor Bears and the Stanford Cardinal during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Pat Summitt has stepped down as Tennessee's women's basketball coach. According to the university, Summitt will be succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

Summitt is the the all-time wins leader among NCAA basketball coaches with 1,098 victories in 38 seasons. She has won eight NCAA Division I women's basketball championships and played in 13 national championship games. The university named Summitt the head coach emeritus. Warlick, who takes over, played for Summitt and served as an assistant coach for 27 seasons.

Summitt announced last August that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

In a statement released by the university on Wednesday, Summitt said, "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. 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," she said.