Tennessee Lady Vols head basketball coach Pat Summitt announced on Wednesday that she will be retiring after nearly four decades with the team. In her 38 years at Tennessee, Summitt amassed eight NCAA titles and more wins than any other head coach in college basketball history.
David Jackson of USA Today reports that Summit will be awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that a United States civilian can receive. The White House announced on Wednesday that President Obama will present the award to the legendary coach.
"Coach Summitt is an inspiration, both as the all-time winningest NCAA coach, and as someone who is willing to speak so openly and courageously about her battle with Alzheimer's," Obama said in a statement.
Summitt was diagnosed with dementia in August. She will stay on with the school as head coach emeritus.