On Tuesday, the sports world lost one of the greatest collegiate coaches (if not, one of the greatest coaches of all time) ever in Pat Summitt. The former University of Tennessee women's head coach passed away at the age of 64 due to complications from early on-set Alzheimer's.
Summitt's resume is an impressive one. She has never had a losing season in her 38 years as the Volunteers' head coach. She was the first NCAA coach, men's or women's, to reach 1,000 wins (she ended up with 1,098). That's right. Ahead of Coach K. Ahead of Dean Smith. Ahead of Adolph Rupp. She was the first coach to 1.000 wins.
She won eight titles with Tennessee, was a 16-time SEC regular season champion, and a 16-time SEC tournament champion. Summitt even led the Lady Vols to an undefeated season in 1997-1998, en route to a championship. She ended up with a winning percentage of .841, coaching great players like Candace Parker and Chamique Holdsclaw.
Today, we celebrate the legacy of a legendary coach. A coach whose time sadly came too soon for us. Pat Summitt was a coach that put women's basketball on the map, inspiring many young girls to take up the game of basketball. Hopefully, a cure to this ruthless disease known as Alzheimer's will be discovered. As for now, let's not let that damper a great coach's legacy.