Pat Summit

first_imgLast week a true legend in the field of basketball passed away.  Pat Summit of Tennessee died at the age of 64 from the effects of dementia.  As you see, I did not specify women’s basketball, because the men consider her just as much an icon as the men’s coaches.  After all, she won 8 national titles at the University of Tennessee.Pat definitely brought women’s basketball to the level it is today.  Pat was born and raised in the Tennessee area.  In fact, her dad moved the family so that she could play high school basketball.  Everyone who met Pat Summit said that you did not forget her.  She made that kind of impression on people.  In fact, Peyton Manning (while attending Tennessee) remembers Pat as a teacher–and a very excellent one in his remembrance of her.Last year she gave her Courage Award to Lauren Hill. This award was developed when at the age of 59 Pat started down the path of Altzheimer’s, but she continued to coach until it was obvious that she was no longer able to handle the position.  Before she hung up her sneakers she won 1,098 games while losing only 208 games.  Match that if you think you are a great coach!last_img