Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
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Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she broke records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.
She owed her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She was a role model for the many women she coached; 74 of her players have become coaches.
Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continued to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other--with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.
our players felt shortchanged, or the season became more about me than them? I would need a lot of help to get through the coming months. But I had it. At my flank was my son, who had grown into a man of incredible strength and substance. Tyler Summitt was only twenty-one, but in the past few weeks he had engineered my trip to the Mayo Clinic, consulted with doctors and arranged for my treatment, assumed control of the family finances, brought himself up to speed on my legal affairs, and fought
without fail was to make sure that we were about an education first, and basketball second. Our graduation rate was no accident; it was well planned and we did it with purpose and with a will; there were times when we literally picked kids up in our cars and hauled them back to campus. Her attention to the value of education was right up front; it wasn’t third or fourth or fifth. And it was there from the get-go. A lot of coaches don’t do that—not many. I’d hate to make the list. —LIN DUNN
he thought she could be anything, ’cause she was tough and raised up with the boys. He always was right behind her in whatever she did. —HAZEL HEAD My father was an engaged and fiercely devoted parent who wanted me to have the same chance as my brothers. He never missed my high school games if he could help it. I remember him sitting in the Ashland City High bleachers, unsmiling and unexpressive as ever, except for his hand: it was beating on the old wooden railing with excitement. He
make all the difference. Certain letters were uplifting, and when I got sad, I would go read those letters and it would help me. They were handwritten. Not typed, and they were personal. —DAEDRA CHARLES I fed them. I had them over to the house as often as NCAA rules would allow, and I home-cooked for them. I’d ask them what their favorite foods were, and whatever they asked for, they got. Which meant there were some nights when pigs’ knuckles and collard greens were on the table. Also fried
seeking and costly gambles, and I turned up the heat in practice every day even more. “You thought last year was hard,” I warned her. “Wait till you see this year.” “You’re SELFISH,” I’d holler. “This does not revolve around you. This is about four other players on the floor; your teammates. You need to put other people first.” Michelle hated it when I screamed at her—she felt I belittled her in front of the rest of the team, especially our new freshmen, a couple of whom were the most promising