Players, coaches make pilgrimage; say goodbye to Pat Summitt

Over the next four decades, Summitt would achieve more than any other coach.

In her own career, Summitt played for University of Tennessee at Martin, and became the team’s assistant coach when she graduated from the school in 1974. We always had great crowds for that and she was always willing to schedule teams that were lesser quality than hers.

The president said that when he looks at his two daughters, he believes it’s because of people like Coach Summitt that they have confidence in themselves. “And she certainly did that”. The seven-time NCAA Coach of the Year was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease several years ago.

“It was hard”, Parker said after Rowe asked her how tough it was to play less than 24 hours after Summitt’s death.

The last time WKU played UT was in 1998 when the undefeated Lady Vols were ranked No. 1 before winning their sixth national championship.

“She didn’t let up!” “Just taking some of the stuff she taught me and being able to share it with other people, it’s been a blessing”.

But it was what happened after the game that she remembers most.

Hebert-Truax still keeps a letter she received from Summitt shortly after they met. Among Hebert-Truax’s players now, she stills refers to Summitt as “The Woman” and everyone knows who she’s talking about.

“As Pat once said in recalling her achievements, ‘What I see are not the numbers”.

“She’s the reason that female athletes get scholarships”. “Not just coaching and with the players, but all us coaches and players who love the game”. The first time was when he went to Tennessee to watch Kent State play in the NCAA tournament in Knoxville. Summitt’s family plans a private funeral and burial but will hold a celebration of her life July 14 at Thompson-Boling Arena, where the court is named after the former coach.

Tyler Summitt: Pat Summitt’s only child spent much of his youth watching Lady Vols practices and games.

As women’s sports grew in popularity, Summitt would emerge as a particularly iconic face of women’s college basketball.

Assuming the role as head coach at the age of 22, Summitt was the forefront leader in growth women’s basketball from its inception with the creation Title IX in 1972.

“Later on we’re going down to the fountain to see if she literally could walk on water”.

In 2012, Summit was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

One of the best things I think you ever said was when you were offered a job as the men’s coach and turned it down, asking why the men’s job would be considered a “step up”.

Coaches are well-known for copying one another – and in Summitt’s case, that certainly was the highest form of flattery, he said.

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