Pat Summitt, legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach and one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, died today at 64.
Summitt’s leadership and coaching philosophies were critical to years of success at the helm of the Lady Vols basketball program, something she described at length in a handful of books written throughout her career.
Click through the gallery below to read Summitt’s most inspirational quotes about life, leadership and work ethic.
Summitt ran an elite women’s basketball program in Knoxville for nearly four decades, with a record of 1,098-208 (.840) (which included the most victories in the history of NCAA basketball when she retired).
Under Summitt, the Lady Vols won eight NCAA titles, along with 32 regular-season and SEC tournament championships. Tennessee appeared in the NCAA Tournament 31 times, and “boasted 14 Olympic Team members, 34 WNBA players, 21 WBCA/Kodak/State Farm All-Americans earning 36 honors, and 39 All-SEC players earning 82 recognitions.” Beyond athletic success, all of Summitt’s players who completed their eligibility in Knoxville graduated from Tennessee.
Summitt was named among the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time by Sporting News, landing at No. 11 (and the only woman who made the list). She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Game. In 2011, Sports Illustrated named her the Sportswoman of the Year.
Summitt’s cultural impact reached far and wide, having received several honors throughout her career honoring her impact on women’s sports. President Barack Obama awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. That same year, she received the ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, officially stepping down as the Lady Vols’ head coach the following spring.
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