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PAT SUMMITT 38TH SEASON
\ THE SUMMITT FILE
Career Record: 1,071 wins and 199 losses Born: June 14, 1952 in Clarksville, Tenn. Mother to: Ross Tyler Summitt, born Sept. 21, 1990
Education B.S. Physical Education University of Tennessee-Martin, 1974 M.S. Physical Education University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1975
For nearly four decades, the University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball program has been among the nation’s elite and in the process has changed the way women’s collegiate hoops is perceived across the country. No one has done a better job of managing what goes on inside the 94x50 rectangle known as a collegiate basketball court than the UT head coach. Her unfathomable victories, eight NCAA Championships and 31 combined Southeastern Conference titles, directly speaks to her incredible management and mastery of the 4,700 square feet of roundball real estate. And few have even come close to accomplishing what she has done outside the lines for the last 37 years. To her peers, she is forthright, well-respected, ethical, and a winner who serves as a shining example in the sport of collegiate basketball. “She” is Pat Head Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team, who begins her 38th season at the helm of the Lady Vols, has a 1,071-199 overall record, and raises the bar in the collegiate basketball world every time she steps out on the court. On Aug. 23, 2011, Summitt might have raised the bar on courage as she bravely revealed the toughest opponent she will ever have to battle, early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s Type,” after the doctors at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed her at the age of 59. To be sure, Summitt intends to take on this opponent with her signature game plan. The Tennessee skipper didn’t look at it as a bold move; rather continuing her lifelong practice of both herself and her program being an open book. The immediate groundswell of support has been truly amazing. A “We Back Pat” campaign sprang up overnight and went viral in the social media world. A t-shirt was born with the slogan, and proceeds started pouring into Summittpicked organizations, Alzheimer’s Tennessee and the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Summitt has indicated that she also plans to start a foundation. In announcing her diagnosis, Pat was being just Pat, but a number of organizations have hailed her courage to come forward. The United States Sports Academy awarded Summitt its 2011 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award for her indomitable spirit in her public battle with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type…On October 4, it was an14
Playing Career 1970-74 University of Tennessee-Martin 1973 U.S. World University Games Team 1975 Pan American Games Team 1975 World Championship Team 1976 U.S. Olympic Team (co-captain)
nounced that Summitt would receive the 2011 Maggie Dixon Courage Award. Also in October, The Huffington Post named Summitt a 2011 Game Changer – an innovator, leader and role model who is changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. The Tennessee Communication Association selected Summitt for its most prestigious award, Communicator of the Year. The incomparable Summitt has built collegiate basketball’s “hoopdom” at Tennessee. A program developed tirelessly, diligently and successfully by Summitt, her staff and the 161 student-athletes who have been fortunate enough to don the Orange & White jerseys of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Summitt, already the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history (men or women), will enter the 2011-12 campaign just 29 victories shy from attaining 1,100 career wins. A brief synopsis of Summitt’s resume goes like this: A consummate taskmaster, she has kept her elite program in the winner’s circle for almost four decades, producing a mind-boggling record of 1,071-199 (.843). During her tenure, the Lady Vols have won eight NCAA titles, as well as an amazing 31 Southeastern Conference tournament and regular season championships. Tennessee has made an unprecedented 30 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and produced 12 Olympians, 20 State Farm (Kodak) All-Americans named to 35 teams, and 75 All-SEC performers. Along with the success on the court, Summitt’s student-athletes have tremendous productivity in the classroom. Coach Summitt has a 100 percent graduation rate for all Lady Vols who have completed their eligibility at Tennessee. \ IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLAYERS Throughout the years, Summitt has reached numerous goals and worn many hats at UT as a student, an educator and a coach. She’ll be the first to tell you that her success is due to the players who have represented Lady Vol basketball since she came on board as the head coach as a 22-year old in 1974. And today, it is still safe to say that she is an educator and role model to her players, a student of the ever-changing game and one of the most successful women’s basketball coaches in the nation. In so many ways, she is more than just a coach.
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Coaching Career UT Head Coach 1974-present 1984 U.S. Olympic Basketball Coach 1980 U.S. Olympic Basketball Asst. 1979, 83 World Championships Teams 1979 Pan American Games Team 1977 U.S. Junior National Team
To her athletes, she is just “Pat” from the minute she meets them for the first time on a recruiting visit to the day they walk across the stage in Thompson-Boling Arena to receive their diploma from UT. To her University she is a goodwill ambassador, taking her teams to play basketball in more than 40 states and 11 foreign countries. And the resume she has created along with an outstanding cast of players and staff is amazing. Thirty-seven seasons as a proven winner, champion, master motivator and role model. \ WHO IS PAT HEAD SUMMITT? She has always been an intense, demanding, focused, bright-blue-steely-eyed competitor who is also a very caring, family-oriented person who enjoys a great walk on the beach with the family dogs, Sally Sue and Sadie, or assembling a good ole southern home-cooked meal for her team. Now diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type, Summitt does not know what the future entails but expect the coach to offer up full court “D” on dementia. \ THE MILLION DOLLAR COACH The night Summitt registered her 1,000th victory, the University of Tennessee awarded her with a new contract. Then UT President Dr. John Petersen and Women’s Athletics Director Joan Cronan announced on Feb. 5, 2009, that Summitt signed a contract extension through 2014. Summitt earned $1.4 million for 2008-09 and received a $200,000 bonus for her 1,000 wins at Tennessee. The contract also included two lifetime achievement bonuses – $500,000 in 2009-10 and a $1 million longevity bonus in 2013-2014 to reward her for her 40 years as head coach of the Lady Vols. Previously, on May 22, 2006, UT awarded Summitt a six-year contract extension taking her to a $1.5 million compensation package by 20112012. It seems only fitting, with all of her firsts and achievements in the game, that Summitt became the first women’s basketball coach to break through the million dollar ceiling. Despite her mega wealth these days, she still coaches for the love of the game and can remember when her annual salary started out at $8,900 in 1974. \ SHE GIVES BACK, TOO In August 2008, Summitt committed $600,000 to the University of Tennessee. The donation to The Campaign for Tennessee was split between