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Summitt: It was 'privilege' to coach at Tennessee

By Teresa M. Walker

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 19 2012 11:55 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this March 19, 2012, file photo, Tennessee associate head coach Holly Warlick, left, talks with guard Briana Bass (1) during the first half of an NCAA tournament second-round women's college basketball game against DePaul in Rosemont, Ill. Pat Summitt, the sport's winningest coach, is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of "head coach emeritus", the university announced, Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Long-time assistant Holly Warlick has been named as Summitt's successor.

Nam Y. Huh, File, Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A relaxed and smiling Pat Summitt says "it has been a privilege" to be the Tennessee women's basketball coach four nearly four decades.

The Hall of Fame coach Thursday addressed her decision to step aside during a press conference.

After 38 years at Tennessee, the Hall of Fame coach who won more games than anyone else in NCAA college basketball talked about the move on the court named for her after her 1,000th win.

She will assume a new role as head coach emeritus and report to athletic director Dave Hart.

The 59-year-old coach revealed Aug. 23 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Summitt's longtime assistant Holly Warlick has been promoted to replace her.

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