Pat Summitt Plaza provides a permanent tribute to this beloved Lady Vols basketball coach and celebrates her success as one of the all-time winning coaches in all of sports history.
Patricia Summitt (1952-2016) was the head coach of the Lady Vols from 1974-2012 and had a total of 1,098 career wins – the most in college basketball history upon her retirement. She won 8 NCAA championships (an NCAA women’s basketball record and third most all time). She won silver at the 1976 Olympics as a member of the US Women’s National Basketball Team and led the US Team to gold as head coach in the 1984 Olympics. Pat was inducted in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inaugural class in 1999. In 2000 she was named Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century and was ranked #11 on Sporting News’ 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time (the only woman on the list) in 2009. Summitt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012 and inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2013. Her retirement at age 59 came after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Pat Summitt’s name will forever be linked to the University of Tennessee. She is always a Volunteer.