Pat Summitt will probably be remembered as one of the greatest college coaches in history, and sadly her career career ended last month with an emotional press conference.
At 59 years of age, Summitt’s coaching career at Tennessee spanned almost four decades where she won an astounding amount of awards and received many honors.The list includes: Coach of the Century to receiving the Medal of Freedom of President Barack Obama. (For the complete list look read the bottom of the article)
Now, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease., Pat Summitt will be transitioning into a new part of her life.
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Summitt said she is going to keep “mentoring and teaching life skills.”
“I loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years,” Summitt said. “But I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role.”
Summitt has won eight NCAA championships and 1,098 games in her career, including 22 Final Four appearances, 16 SEC regular-season titles, and 16 SEC tournament crowns.
Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart compared Summitt to another legendary UCLA coach.
“Just like there will never be another John Wooden, there will never be another Pat Summitt,” Hart said. “Summitt was more than a coach. She was a tough disciplinarian who demanded excellence from her players and staff. But she was also a mentor. Every player who completed her eligibility during her tenure at Tennessee left as a graduate.”
A list of Pat Summitt’s carrer achievements include:
- 16-time SEC Champions (1980, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011)
- 16-time SEC Tournament Champions (1980, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- 8-time SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)
- 7-time NCAA Coach of the Year (1983, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2004)
- 8-time NCAA Champions (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008)
- 1990: Inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame as a coach, the first year coaches were honored.
- 1999: Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class.
- 2000: Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- April 2000.: Named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century.
- 2008: Named Best Coach/Manager ESPY Award. Award encompasses all sports college and professional
- 2009: Named to Sporting News’ list of the 50 greatest coaches of all time (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, and college football). She is listed in position 11.
- 2011: Named Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year, Dec. 6th, 2011 in NYC. (She shared the Sportsman/Sportswoman honor with Duke University men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski.)
- Summitt is the only person to have two courts used by NCAA Division I basketball teams named in her honor: “Pat Head Summitt Court” at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and “The Summitt” at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
- She also has two streets named after her: “Pat Head Summitt Street” on the University of Tennessee campus and “Pat Head Summitt Avenue” on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus.
- 2012: Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.