Legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt died Tuesday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 64.
Summitt coached the Tennessee Lady Vols to eight national championships and 1,098 career victories. She also helped grow the awareness in the women’s game and is regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all-time in the entire sport.
She had to step down from the Tennessee team following the 2011-12 season after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.
Her son Tyler Summitt released a statement regarding his mother’s death.
“She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most,” the statement read. She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure.”
Summitt is survived by her mother, Hazel Albright Head; son, Ross “Tyler” Summitt (AnDe); sister, Linda; brothers, Tommy (Deloris), Charles (Mitzi) and Kenneth (Debbie).