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Blog: Pat Summit Announces Retirement


After winning 1,098 games, Pat Summit announced yesterday that she is retiring from the position of Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Tennessee.


Summitt’s greatest impact was helping redefine the way women could compete and be coached. She came of age in an era when women were to be protected – there was still 6-on-6 basketball, where players only ran half the court, because some thought girls couldn’t handle any additional exertion. Summitt scoffed at that and coached the game like Henry Iba or Bob Knight would’ve, no excuses, no limits, no apologies. She leaned on those lessons her father, Richard, taught her growing up on that family farm near Clarksville, Tenn.



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