End of a legacy and an era

Drake Rowland, Staff Writer

Most times when you think NCAA women’s basketball , Tennessee is normally involved. Their head coaching legend has finally called it quits after she was diagnosed with an early case of Alzheimer’s disease less than a year ago. Summit has more than her fair share of titles, coach of the year awards and many other outstanding achievements to her record. She completed changed women’s basketball; it’ll be interesting to see how much Tennessee and the game changes without her.

                In over 1,300 games Summit has won over 1,000, which is outstanding. Her overall record is 1,098-208. Junior Mark Salem said, “Pat Summit was a staple for women’s basketball; it’ll be sad to watch it without her.” Some of her other accomplishments includes 16 SEC Tournament championships, eight NCAA titles, eight SEC coach of the year awards, seven NCAA coach of the year awards, and in 2000 she won the Naismith Coach of the Century award. When people look at these stats, they have to be amazed; she is definitely the best women’s coach of all time. Another amazing stat is that 72% of her players have been in the Olympics, All-Americans, USA National Teams, All-SEC Performers, Academic All-Americans and more.

                It is sad to see Pat Summit having to retire due to an illness, but she has already cemented her legacy among the best of the best. She will obviously still be around and remembered. Hopefully she can cope with her Alzheimer’s and that it won’t be that bad. 38 years is a long time to coach, especially at one school. Pat Summit was much more than a coach; she served as a mother to some of her players, mentor, and a great role model. She has set the bar high for not just college coaches but also coaches of other sports as well. Her legacy will be forever remembered.