Pat Summitt is retiring from her women's basketball head coaching position at the University of Tennessee, according to the Associated Press.
She will serve as a mentor to Holly Warlick, who was promoted from assistant coach to head coach of the Lady Vols.
Summitt is the sport's winningest coach. She supports Warlick, who has been her assistant for 27 years and is a former three-time All-American who played for Summitt, as her replacement and would like to see the success of the program continue.
Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia-Alzheimer's type last year, and the illness forced her to give coaching responsibilities to her assistants. Warlick handled games and postgame interviews, while the entire staff did the bulk of practices and recruiting.
Summitt, who wanted to continue coaching as long as possible even with her illness, wanted to prove to the world that it was possible to function and had been going as business as usual.
She finishes her career with an overall record of 1,098-207, 16 Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.
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