Pat Summitt, Legendary College Basketball Coach, Dead At 64

She won more games than any other basketball coach in NCAA Division I history.
Pat Summitt, the winningest basketball coach in NCAA Division I history who presided over a nearly four-decade dynasty at the University of Tennessee, died on Tuesday morning, The Associated Press reported. She was 64.

โ€œIt is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt,โ€ Tyler Summit said in a statement. โ€œShe died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.โ€
On June 26, a family spokeswoman said that โ€œthe past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, โ€˜Alzheimerโ€™s Type,โ€™ progresses.โ€ Summitt, who lived in a retirement facility, was โ€œsurrounded by those who mean the most to her,โ€ the spokeswoman said.

Tennessee Martin University Skyhawks women's basketball player Pat Summitt #55 at the Elam Center in Martin, Tennessee. (Photo by Collegiate Images, LLC/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

Tennessee Martin University Skyhawks women’s basketball player Pat Summitt #55 at the Elam Center in Martin, Tennessee. (Photo by Collegiate Images, LLC/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

Summitt amassed a staggering 1,098 victories (and a mere 208 losses) as head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers from 1974 to 2012. Thatโ€™s the most wins of any menโ€™s or womenโ€™s NCAA Division I basketball coach.

Her program was especially dominant from the late โ€˜80s through the โ€˜90s. In all, she led the Lady Vols to eight NCAA championship titles; they were the runners-up five other times.

Known for casting a steely glare from the sidelines with a manner more tough than tender, Summitt also boasted a 100 percent graduation rate among players who completed their eligibility.

She announced in 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimerโ€™s disease and retired the following year. The university awarded her the permanent honorary title of womenโ€™s basketball head coach emeritus.

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