MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - After nearly four decades as the Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, Pat Summitt is stepping down. Summitt has won 1,098 games during her career; that's more than any coach, men or women's, in the history of NCAA basketball.
The move comes less than a year after Summitt announced she has early onset dementia.
Memphis Tigers men's basketball coach Josh Pastner said of Summitt, "She's one of the very elite coaches. I don't care men's or women's, pro, college, high school. It doesn't matter. She's elite." Pastner added, "She's in the same category when you're talking about the John Woodens."
Holly Warlick, who has spent the last 27 years as an assistant under Summitt, takes over as Head Coach.
UT Vols fan Roy Adams said when he heard Summitt was retiring, "I broke down in tears."
Adams says Pat Summitt's name should be listed among the greats of Tennessee. "We've had President Andrew Jackson, Johnson, York, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, she's in that category of great Tennesseans," Adams said.