When Pat Summitt retired as head coach at Tennessee in April 2012, the school named her head coach emeritus and allowed her to remain a part of the women’s program as her health would allow. The question asked by some was how long would Summitt would be allowed to remain in that new position.
According to the Associated Press, Summitt will remain head coach emeritus and this will be the case for as long as she likes. This was learned through the AP’s filing of a public records request.
“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,” Summitt said in 2012 at the time of her retirement as head coach.
“If anyone asks, you can find me observing practice or in my office. Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student-athletes and help them discover what they want. I will continue to make them my passion. I love our players and my fellow coaches, and that’s not going to change.”
Holly Warlick will begin her third season as head coach this fall, and in Warlick’s first two seasons the Lady Volunteers have won 27 and 29 games, respectively. Tennessee lost to Maryland in the Sweet 16 last season.
Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt ended her legendary career in 2012. Two years later, her son, Tyler, will begin his college coaching career as he is set to be hired as the Louisiana Tech women’s head coach, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Neither the school nor Summitt commented on the hiring in a press release issued by the school on Tuesday. An introductory press conference is set for noon on Wednesday.
Summitt is only 23-years old, but grew up around his mother and her Tennessee program before enrolling in the university and playing on the men’s basketball team for two seasons. Pat Summitt won 1,098 games and eight National Titles and was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s before the start of the 2011-2012 season. She retired that April.
Tyler Summitt spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Marquette’s women’s team. He’s taking over a program with a rich tradition, though, the Lady Techsters have dealt with back-to-back losing seasons.
Louisiana Tech finished 12-20 (5-11 Conference USA) this past season. Teresa Weatherspoon was fired as head coach on March 15.
Pat Summitt was the defining face of the Tennessee basketball program for nearly four decades and she was rewarded Friday with enshrinement into the Lady Vols Hall of Fame.
The announcement of Summitt’s enshrinement means the longtime head women’s basketball coach will bypass typical regulations which dictate that athletes are eligible for the honor 10 years after graduation and administrators are eligible five years after their last service to the school.
But it comes as no surprise for a woman who won 1098 games in Tennessee orange and was one of the most prominent figures in women’s collegiate athletics for decades.
She joins former Tennessee basketball player Michelle Marciniak, track athlete Jane Haist, and golfer Young-A Yang Read in the 2012 class.
Summitt announced her retirement in April, now becoming the head coach emeritus at Tennessee. She left the school after 38 seasons and nine national championships. She is the winningest coach in the history of men’s and women’s basketball.
Now under new head coach Holly Warlick, the Lady Vols open their season against Chattanooga on Nov. 9.
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