Knoxville, Tenn. – Pat Summitt plans to coach the Tennessee women’s basketball team “as long as the good Lord is willing,” despite recently being diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
“There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that,” she told the Knoxville News Sentinel Monday evening. The News Sentinel and Washington Post first reported Summitt’s condition.
“I plan to continue to be your coach,” Summitt said. “Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.”
The 59-year-old Summitt told the newspaper she had been feeling erratic earlier this year, and plans to rely on medication and mental exercises to manage the progressive condition that could lead to Alzheimer’s, which her grandmother had.