Curry and Sharp React to Pat Summitt Retiring

Managing Editor
Posted Apr 18, 2012


Texas Tech women's basketball head coach Kristy Curry and former Lady Raiders Hall of Fame head coach Marsha Sharp react to Hall of Fame Tennessee Head Coach Pat Summitt stepping away from head coaching.

Her entire coaching career, since she was 22, Pat Summitt has called Knoxville, Tennessee home as the head coach of the Lady Vols.

Now 38 years later Summitt, who is 59, is stepping down as the Lady Vols head coach with 1,098 all-time career wins, which is the most ever in either the men’s or women’s game, and reached the top more times than you can count one two hands.

Former Hall of Fame Lady Raider head coach Marsha Sharp, who led the 1993 Lady Raiders to the National Championship, said Summitt has done a lot for the game and her thoughts go out to the Summit family.

"Everyone who has coached women's basketball at any time during the past four decades owes an enormous debt of gratitude for what Pat has done for our game,” Sharp said in a statement released on Wednesday. “There will be evidence of her efforts for many years to come. On a personal note my thoughts and prayers go out to Pat, to Holly, and to the entire Lady Vol Family. We are a nation of coaches who love and support all of you.”

Summitt along with winning games on the court had to overcome a personal mountain of her own this season as in August she announced that she had been diagnosed with early on-set dementia which could lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols to 16 regular season SEC titles, 16 SEC tournament titles, never failed to reach the NCAA Tournament and made 18 trips to the Final Four.

Out of those 18 trips to the Final Four, Summit climbed the ladder to cut down the net eight times as National Champs. One of those seasons ended with the Lady Vols perfect at 39-0.

Current Texas Tech Women’s Basketball coach Kristy Curry also weighed in on the news of Summit stepping down as head coach.

"Pat Summitt is an icon in women’s basketball,” Curry said in a statement released on Wednesday. “I think whenever people look back on the history of this game and those who helped it get to where it is today, she is one of those fixtures that emulates women’s basketball and its success. She’s not only been a great coach over the years but an amazing person, friend and ambassador for us all."

Summitt will not fully leave the program as she will serve as “head coach emeritus” and will report to the Athletic Director.

Longtime assistant coach Holly Warlick will take over the Lady Vols program.

Tennessee has scheduled a press conference for Thursday.



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