Tuesday, June 28, 2016
My heart aches. I awoke this morning to the news that Tennessee Lady Vols basketball Coach Pat Summitt has passed away. Those who know me know how much I love Coach Summitt. I modeled my coaching career after her. I wanted to be just like her on the sideline. I learned from her.
Although I prayed for a miracle, early onset dementia took her from us much too soon, but her legacy lives on. She remains the winningest coach--male or female--in the history of college basketball. We will never forget her--the 38 years of coaching, the fierce competitiveness, the knowledge of the game, the stare-downs, the epic battles against Coach Geno Auriemma and his UCONN Huskies, the 1,098 career wins, the 8 national championships, the Olympic medals as a player and a coach, the 8 overall coach of the year awards, the Basketball Hall of Fame induction, the 16 SEC championships, the 16 SEC Tournament championships, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the list goes on.
I can hardly believe she's gone. The sport will never be the same.