Pat Summitt

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Pat Summitt

Richard Burt

Patricia Head Summitt was born on June 14, 1952 in Henrietta, Tennessee, the daughter of Richard and Hazel Albright Head. She was the fourth of five children and the first girl. Known back home as ‘Tricia’ had a father, who truly believed in discipline, she didn’t mind being tough because its what she learned from her dad, but she also had a loving side, which she learned from her mother. Growing up with three older brothers she always was competing with her three older brothers, most of the time it was playing basketball. She grew up on a family farm that required a tremendous amount of hard work. During her childhood she went to school, attended the Methodist church, and worked the fields.

Coach Summitt graduated from Cheatham County High School in Ashland City, Tennessee. In 1974, she received her B.S. in physical education from University of Tennessee-Martin, where she led the Lady Pacers to a 64-29 record over four years. She was the co-captain of the 1976 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team where she won a silver medal. As an international coach she brought home the first USA women's basketball gold medal in Olympic competition in 1984.

During her career as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Pat Summitt coached Tennessee to eight NCAA National Championships, and posted an extraordinary career record of 1098-208, where her winning percentage was an astounding 84%, and she has won 112 of the 135 NCAA tournament games in which her teams have competed. She has led the Lady Vols to 31 consecutive NCAA tournaments, which was every one of the tournaments since the women had a tournament. She also produced NCAA championships in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, and 2008. She holds an NCAA tournament record for most wins, standing alone among her peers as the best women's basketball coach in America, and...
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