University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Head Summitt announced her retirement yesterday after an unparalleled 38-year coaching career.
Last August, Summitt announced that she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s-type dementia. She continued coaching with the blessing of the university but ceded many of her responsibilities to longtime assistant Holly Warlick.
Now, at the age of 59, Summitt will step into a new role as head coach emeritus, and Warlick will take over the Lady Vols basketball program.
When the 2012-2013 basketball season begins, for the first time since 1974, Pat Summitt will not be on the sidelines for the University of Tennessee.
In honor of Summitt’s 38 years as a head coach, here are 38 facts about her extraordinary career:
1) Summitt, who was then Pat Head, played her college ball at the University of Tennessee-Martin. She began her playing career in 1970, two years before Title IX passed (and several years before its implications f...