March 4, 2011; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summit talks with guard Meighan Simmons (10) against the Georgia Lady Bulldogs during the semifinals of the SEC women's basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Tennessee defeated Georgia 82-58. Mandatory credit: Grant Halverson-US PRESSWIRE
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.
Summitt will report to the athletic director and help the women's program she guided to eight national titles. The 59-year-old Summitt said in a statement she loved being head coach but recognizes the time has come to step into a new role. She says she supports Warlick 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.
Warlick has been Summitt's assistant for 27 seasons and was a three-time All-American with the Lady Vols.
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