Pat Summitt (1952–2016)

by Cassandra Sproles
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Pat Summitt

Lady Vols Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt passed away at age 64 on June 28, 2016, after a battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s. She coached for 38 years, won eight NCAA national championships, 32 combined SEC titles, and is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. Summitt’s program had a 100 percent graduation rate—every single Lady Vol who completed her eligibility at UT earned a degree. Summitt earned a master’s degree in physical education from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences in 1976.

After she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Summitt and her son, Tyler, started The Pat Summitt Foundation to help put an end to the disease. As the result of a partnership between the foundation and the UT Medical Center, the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic will open its doors in December.

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