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Pat Summitt to remain head coach emeritus at Tennessee

Jul 5, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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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.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Why would she NOT hold that position?
    It’s an honorarium. No work involved.

  2. cranespy - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Perhaps one of the greatest coaches of all time. I saw her once after UT defeated WVU at the Charleston Civic Center several years ago. After her post game radio interview on the VolsNetwork a security guard told her there were about 500 or so in line to get autographs and he offered to help her hurry out to the bus. She looked him square in the eye and said….”tell them I will sign for all of them.” “All of them” he said and she repeated “all of them….every last one!”And she did…..with my family and I watching…..she signed….shook hands…greeted fans and smiled for countless pictures….until all that remained were she, the security guard and my family and I watching from the seats….her team long since stowed away on the bus awaiting their late night pre Thanksgivig 4plus hour ride back to campus.

    She could’ve easily signed for a dozen or so as she walked hurriedly to the bus…..but thats not Pat.

    Hundreds of people from the mountain state will remember that night….the night a legend brought her defending National Champs to the hometown of one of her seniors….the night her team put on a clinic and she took time to greet each and every one of those who waited hoping to get that autograph or picture.

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