What are the duties and responsibilities of Pat Summitt’s new role as head coach emeritus?

Tennessee named Pat Summitt “head coach emeritus” giving longtime associate head coach Holly Warlick the head coach job. What does a head coach emeritus do? Here are the duties and responsibilities of the position as outlined by the university:

Head coach Emeritus Duties and Responsibilities

  • Liaison to the Director of Athletics.
  • Advisor to women’s basketball; participate in permissible activities related to women’s basketball (see permissible list).
  • Serve as adviser to the Southeastern Conference on women’s basketball issues.
  • Assist development office and athletics department with men’s and women’s basketball locker room enhancement project and other projects as identified.
  • Serve as mentor to all Tennessee athletic department coaching staffs.

Permissible Basketball Related Activities

Practice and Competition

  • Observe practice.
  • Participate in general staff meetings.
  • Analyze team or opponent video.
  • Analyze game or practice activities with members of the coaching staff.
  • Enter the women’s basketball locker room during half-time and after games as long as the team and individual players are not instructed.


  • Engage in all components of on-campus recruiting in women’s basketball and other sports. Be present at on-campus meals; communicate with recruits and their families.
  • Send letters, emails or handwritten notes to recruits in women’s basketball and other sports.
  • Attend official visit meals and functions within 30 miles of campus, including hosting a prospect for a meal at a staff member’s home.
  • Accompany a coach to airport to bring a prospect to campus for an official visit.

Player Development

  • Personal mentoring.
  • Life skills coaching.
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