Pat Summitt: Legendary
Coach and Inspirational
Pat Summitt was the winningest college basketball coach in American history (men or women) at the time of her retirement. She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012 and amassed more than 1,098 wins over the course of her coaching career.
During her career, Pat won eight national championships and boasted a 100% graduation rate for her student-athletes. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and titled the “Coach of the Century” for her overall leadership and accomplishments on and off the court. Pat was named a “Top 50 United States Woman Leader” as well as one of the “Twenty-Five Most Influential Working Mothers” by the White House.
Pat was a champion for women’s causes and truly a one-of-a-kind, legendary American treasure. Of the top 50 best-selling books written by coaches, Pat is the only female. She is also the only woman on Sporting News’ list of “Top 50 US Coaches of All Time.” Her life, legacy and leadership lessons will continue for decades through the work of the Pat Summitt Leadership Group.