The basketball world lost one of their greats. Legendary head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols Pat Summitt lost her battle with dementia. Coach Summitt began her coaching career with the Lady Vols in 1974. Back then there wasn't any money in women's basketball. Summitt would go on to become the first NCAA coach and one of four college coaches overall to achieve at least 1,000 wins. She achieved a win lost record of 1,098-208 that's amazing 84% winning record. Most number 1 seeds in NCAA Division I tournament history with 21. Pat Summitt has the most of any female basketball coach in the NCAA or NAIA history. A 8 time SEC Coach of the Year, 7 time NCAA Coach of the Year. In 2012 she received the President Medal of Freedom which is the highest civilian award of the United States. She was also the recipient of the Arthur Ashe courage award at the 2012 ESPN Espy Awards. One of the truly remarkable things about Coach Pat Summitt is that all her players went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee. She would talk to just about anybody at the University of Tennessee. One story comes to mind about Tennessee Star Quarterback Peyton Manning who was thinking about entering the 1997 NFL draft, but after talking to coach Summit, Peyton would end up coming back for his senior year. Graduate and then went on to become the number one pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Pat Summitt Tennessee Lady Vols legend, Thank you for your contributions to the game of basketball and the impact you had in everyone that you came across.
"Pat Summitt's love of the game will leave an unparalleled legacy of a true champion" Sheila Johnson
"One of the Most passionate people I've been blessed to meet. Thank you for impacting our game forever" Chicago Sky Elena Della Donna
"It would have been a great experience to play for her. She could have coached any team, any sport, men's or women's. It wouldn't have mattered because Pat could flat out coach. I will miss her dearly and I'm honored to call her my friend." Peyton Manning
"She is the greatest basketball coach in basketball history. A hero to little girls everywhere." Zack James
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