Pat Summitt

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Summitt at The Pentagon on June 24, 2008

Patricia Sue Summitt (née Head; June 14, 1952 – June 28, 2016) was an American college basketball head coach. During her career, she won 1,098 games. They are the most in NCAA basketball history.[1] She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee.

She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012, before retiring at age 59 because of a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.[2] She won eight NCAA championships (a NCAA women's record when she retired), a number surpassed only by the 10 titles won by UCLA men's coach John Wooden and the 11 titles won by UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma. She was the first NCAA coach, and one of four college coaches overall, with at least 1,000 wins.[3]

Summitt died at a retirement home on June 28, 2016 from dementia in Knoxville, Tennessee, aged 64.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt dies at 64". usatoday.com.
  2. Parks, Miles (June 28, 2016). "Pat Summitt, legendary former coach of Lady Vols, dies at 64". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  3. "Pat Summitt's son steps out of sports legend's shadow". CNN.com. November 14, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2015.

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