Pat Summitt

Career Record:1098–208 (.841)
  • 1974 - 2012
  • University of Tennessee

Summitt, the winningest coach in women's college basketball history with a 1,098–208 (.841) record in 37 seasons at Tennessee, has led the Lady Vols to eight national championships, but an even more impressive statistic is that 100 percent of the players who have completed their eligibility have graduated. Tennessee honored her by naming the court at its Thompson-Boling Arena “The Summitt.'” Summitt is heavily involved in the community and in a number of causes from the United Way to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

16-time SEC Champions

(1980, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007,2010, 2011)

16-time SEC Tournament Champions

(1980, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

8-time SEC Coach of the Year

(1983, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)

7-time NCAA Coach of the Year

(1983, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2004)

8-time NCAA Champions

(1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008)

Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year


Inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame as a coach, the first year coaches were honored.


Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year


Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year


1999—Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


Named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century.

April 2000

Named Best Coach/Manager ESPY Award. Award encompasses all sports college and professional


Named Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year,

Dec. 6th, 2011

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.


Arthur Ashe Courage Award Recipient at the 2012 ESPY Awards

2013Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame


  • Summitt is the only person to have two courts used by NCAA Division I basketball teams named in her honor: "Pat Head Summitt Court" at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and "The Summitt" at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

  • She also has two streets named after her: "Pat Head Summitt Street" on the University of Tennessee campus and "Pat Head Summitt Avenue" on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus.

  • Named to Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest coaches of all time (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, college basketball, and college football). She is listed in position.

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