(WMC-TV) – University of Tennessee head women's basketball coach Pat Summitt is stepping down. The university made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Summitt will still be involved in a variety of duties, and will continue to work with the women's basketball program and the coaching staff. She will still be involved in on-campus recruiting and serve as a mentor for players and as a liaison to the director of athletics.
"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 in a written statement. " 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.
The university announced Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia in August of 2011.
Associate head coach Holly Warlick will take over the responsibilities as head coach for the women's basketball program.
"I'm very thankful for all Pat Summitt has done to prepare me for this opportunity," said Warlick. "She is my coach, mentor, and great friend, and I am honored with the opportunity to continue and add to the great tradition of this program."
Warlick has been assistant coach for Tennessee for 27 years.
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