Storied basketball coach Pat Summitt has passed away at the age of 64, her family confirmed on Tuesday.
The Tennessee coach was battling with Alzheimer’s and her family said they were “preparing for the worst” in regards to her health on Sunday. Summitt suffered from early onset dementia, retiring in 2012 after the initial diagnosis.
Summitt is considered one of the best basketball coaches of all time despite spending her career as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach. She won eight national titles, led the program to 18 Final fours, and totaled 1,098 with the Volunteers. Her tenure in Tennessee lasted for 38 years.
Former Tennessee HC Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division 1 CBB history, has died at 64 pic.twitter.com/dFGNFH1LAR
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 28, 2016
Pat Summitt won 1,098 games and 8 championships at Tennessee, but her fight touched lives well beyond basketball. pic.twitter.com/FkkilXZ6N8
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) June 28, 2016
Every Pat Summitt-coached player who completed her eligibility at Tennessee graduated.
Every player. In 38 years. pic.twitter.com/SXVxUWgDGC
— ESPN (@espn) June 28, 2016
Summitt received the respect and admiration from athletes all across the sporting world. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Summitt, her family, and friends.