Unfortunately this world has lost another great one this week. Pat Summitt, who won more games than anyone in college basketball history, man or women, died this Tuesday at the age of 64.
Patricia Sue Summitt at age 21, became the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers women’s basketball team and went on to coach for 38 years (1974-2012) compiling an overall career record of 1,098-208. This legendary coach never had a losing record in her 38 seasons.
Not only will she be remembered as the all-time winningest basketball coaches in NCAA history. She most importantly will be remembered as a hero and a mentor to her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the hundreds of Lady Volunteers student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure.”
A true great one, she will be missed by many who looked up to her as she displayed all the best of qualities that made her who she was.
At 1,098 wins, Summitt has more victories than any other male or female basketball coach in Division I history.
Coached the Lady Volunteers to eight NCAA Championships (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996-1998, 2007, 2008).
Had a 100% graduation rate for all student-athletes who completed their eligibility as Lady Vols.
Co-author of three books: “Raise the Roof” (1998), “Reach for the Summit” (1998) and “Sum It Up” (2013).
Won the silver medal on the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. This is also the initial year of women’s basketball at the Olympics.
Coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, in its initial year.
Seven Time NCAA Coach of the Year
Six Time SEC Coach of the Year
Six Time Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year
Named the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Century.
Sports Illustrated Sportswomen of the Year in 2011.
Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.