The Tennessee women’s basketball team has a new head coach after 38 years. It’s both a dreaded and expected end to Patt Summitt’s illustrious career that included eight national titles. She coached more victories than any college basketball coach, male or female.
The 59-year-old is stepping down to accept the position as “head coach emeritus.” Longtime assistant Holly Warlick is being promoted to replace the sport’s winningest coach.READ MORE: The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office In Contract With FDOT For Speed Enforcement
The end of the Summitt era comes less than a year after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type. She continued to roam the sidelines this season, but Warlick took over most of the head coaching chores, including during games.
Summitt’s career ends with a 1,098-208 record, 16 regular-season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.READ MORE: Atlanta School Renamed For Baseball Legend Hank Aaron
She also led the 1984 Olympic team to a gold medal.
During her time on the Tennessee bench, the Lady Vols never failed to reach the NCAA tournament, never received a seed lower than No. 5 and reached 18 Final Fours.MORE NEWS: Atlanta Public Schools Celebrates All-Time High Graduation Rate
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