By Tim Ghianni
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Pat Summitt, the most successful college basketball coach in U.S. history, retired on Wednesday as head coach of the University of Tennessee women's team following the disclosure last year that she suffers from early-onset dementia.
The university said on its website that Summitt, who has more wins than any other coach of men's or women's college basketball, would retain the title of "Head Coach Emeritus," but assistant Holly Warlick would assume the head coach position.
Summitt, 59, had coached the Tennessee women's team since 1974 and compiled a record of 1,098 wins and 208 losses. Her Tennessee Lady Vols teams won eight national championships.
Known for her fiery presence on the bench, Summitt gradually retreated from day-to-day coaching duties this season and was often seen at games sitting quietly and allowing Warlick to take the lead in coaching.
(Reporting By Greg McCune; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Beech)