New Tennessee women's college basketball coach Holly Warlick speaks during a news conference Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee's Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt stepped down after coaching the Lady Vols for nearly four decades. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Holly Warlick has her work cut out for
her as Tennessee's new women's basketball coach.
She is replacing Pat Summitt, which has been compared to
following Dean Smith at North Carolina, John Wooden at UCLA or Bear
Bryant at Alabama.
Warlick, however, says she's simply taking over a program she's
very familiar with for her close friend.
And just like Summitt, Warlick welcomes a challenge.
Warlick says she's a basketball coach and learned from the best.
The first Tennessee basketball player whose jersey was retired says
she is following a mentor who prepared her for this opportunity.
Summitt set a seemingly unreachable standard with 1,098 wins and
eight national titles. Warlick's success will depend heavily on
convincing great players to keep coming to Tennessee.