University of Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN that he believed the season had been a difficult time for the Lady Volunteers. They wanted to show their fight against what they – and their coach – were facing. He said that although the season placed an incredible burden on the Tennessee players, assistant coaches and administrators, as well as Coach Summitt, they “handled it all great.”
Coach Summitt was gracious about turning over the reins of coaching to her second-in-command. "I feel like Holly's been doing the bulk of it,'' Coach Summitt said, according to Fleser’s column. “She deserves to be the head coach. I'm going to support her. No doubt, I'll be there for her."
She’ll also be there for everyone in the dementia community. Through her actions, Coach Summitt has given us a new ambassador for Alzheimer's. She's proven to be a formidable adversary during her remarkable coaching career. Now she'll take on an equally important role by becoming a formidable advocate for everyone who is touched by this terrible disease.