Pat Summitt Retires As Tennessee Head Coach, Will Serve As 'Head Coach Emeritus'

Pat Summitt has retired as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball program. She was diagnosed with early onset dementia in the summer of 2011, but stayed on to lead the Lady Volunteers through the 2011-12 season. She will remain with the program under the title of "head coach emeritus," which will allow her to serve as a mentor to players and pitch in with on-campus recruiting.

The university is expected to release a statement officially announcing Summitt's retirement sometime Wednesday afternoon after she has met with her players in Knoxville. A press conference is expected for Thursday.

Summitt won 1,098 games in her career, more than any coach ever in college basketball, man or woman. She also won eight NCAA titles in her 38-year stint leading Tennessee, including consecutive titles in the 1996, 1997 and 1998 Women's NCAA Tournaments.

For more on Summitt and the Volunteers, head over to the SB Nation blog Rocky Top Talk and stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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