Pat Summit, a pioneer for the game of college women’s basketball, died on Tuesday at the age of 64.
While her career was defined heavily by her amazing run at the University of Tennessee, Summit left her mark not just through the game of basketball as a whole, but specifically throughout the Ohio Valley Conference.
Summit was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1952. She was offered the head coaching job at UT while a senior at UT Martin. The Skyhawks court is named after Summit.
OVC coaches and schools took to twitter early Tuesday morning to express their remorse at Summit’s passing.
RIP Pat-impacted so many, opened the doors,made it ok for women to be fierce competitors,elevated WBB -greatest of all time#PrayforPat
— Paula Buscher (@CoachBuscher) June 28, 2016
One of the greatest coaches/leaders/legend has left us. A pioneer for all women's sports…your impact will be felt forever Coach Summitt!
— Cameron Newbauer (@camnew) June 28, 2016
One of the great pictures of all-time, celebrating the legendary Coach Pat Summitt. Our thoughts are with her family pic.twitter.com/h94sylwVu3
— Matt McMahon (@CoachMcMahon) June 28, 2016
Basketball at every level will never forget the impact Pat Summitt made and how she helped change the outlook of WBB #RIPPatSummitt
— JacksonvilleStateWBB (@JaxStateWBB) June 28, 2016
— UT Martin Athletics (@UTMSports) June 28, 2016