Pat Summit Says Fairwell

One of the greatest coaches in college basketball is saying good bye to the game. Pat Summit, who has been the Tennessee Lady Vandals head coach for 38 season now passes the torch to assistant coach Holly Warlick. Warlick has been an assistant at Tennessee for 27 years and has been there for much of the team’s success, but none the less will have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Summit announced, August 23, that she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia associated with Alzheimer helping her make the decisions for this to be her last season. Summit has over 1000 career victories and has won eight national champions. She is the most winning coach in college basketball for both men’s and women’s basketball and can be argued as the greatest college coach ever.

It is going to be very sad not to see Summit at the helm of the Lady Vandals next season, but she isn’t walking away completely. She will become the head coach emeritus and be allowed to sit behind the bench during games and provide the team and coach with her insight. Summit will still be able to have some type of impact on the team and help where she can.

Summit is also going to receive the Medal of Freedom from President Obama which recognizes Summit with the nation’s highest civilian honor and with that here is a list of  Pat Summit’s career achievements.

Pat Summit Résumé

Championships

  • 8 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Champions
    • ’87, ‘89, ‘91, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘07, ‘08
  • 16 Time SEC Champions
    • ’80, ’85,’90,’93,’94,’95,’98,’99,’00,’01,’02,’03,’04,’07,’10,’11
  • 16 Time SEC tournament Champions
    • ‘80,’85,’88,’89,’92,’94,’96,’98,’99,’00,’05,’06,’08,’10,’11,’12

Awards

  • 2000 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 8 Time SEC Coach of the Year
  • 7 Time NCAA Coach of the Year
  • Naismith Coach of the 20 Century
  • 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom
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