Wednesday, June 29, 2016

R.I.P Pat Summitt

Woman's college basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt passed away yesterday. When she stepped down from coaching Summitt was considered the best coach in Woman's basketball history. Records don't last forever. Some of her records have fallen and some are getting close to being bested. However, many still stand.

Championships and achievements are archived forever. Seven times she was named the NCAA Woman's Basketball Coach of the Year. Geno Auriemma has smashed her record of eight championships by setting a new record of 11 Championships. Still eight National Titles is impressive. Her record of 1098 wins still stands!  She coached 38 seasons without a losing record. She never missed a tournament. She holds the record for being the number one seed in the National Tournaments with 21.

She holds records for most Final Four Appearances and most 20 win seasons. Geno caught her on 30 win seasons and in winning percentage she is third all time. Her teams dominated the Southeastern Conference. They won 16 regular season Conference Titles and won 16 Conference Tournaments. She was named the Naismith Coach of the 20th Century and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

45 of the woman she coached at the University of Tennessee followed in her footsteps and took up coaching. That is her legacy. Twice she was asked to coach the men's team for the Volunteers. She leaves behind a career of excellence may she rest in peace.


Dixie@dcrelief said...

Geez, those are some impressive stats!

Liz A. said...

I saw this online. She was rather young.

Arlee Bird said...

If my mother were still living she'd be so sad. She loved Pat Summitt as did all my brothers and sisters. Since they live back in East Tennessee they've all followed the Lady Vols for years and were big fans. A lot of mourning in the sports world over this loss.

Pat Summitt was so darn young for her affliction.

Arlee Bird
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