Pat Summitt, Legendary Women’s Basketball Coach Passes Away At Age 64
Patricia Sue Head Summitt died peacefully this morning surrounded by her family in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease,” according to a statement from her son, Tyler Summitt. “We will all miss her immensely.”
“Coach Summitt served as The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Women’s Basketball Head Coach for 38 seasons and became the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history for men’s and women’s teams with 1098 wins, eight national championships and 32 Southeastern Conference tournament and regular season championships,” according to a biography on her foundation’s website. She later held the position of University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Head Coach Emeritus.
Joan Cronan, who serves on the Advisory Board at the Pat Summitt Foundation said: "words are not adequate for my feelings at this time. Pat Summitt was the most courageous person I’ve ever known in fighting this disease. She was determined to make a difference in bringing attention to the disease and she has done that. She fought the good fight and all of us who loved her will continue that fight on her behalf through the Pat Summitt Foundation.”