One of the greatest basketball coaches to ever live, Pat Summitt, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64 after a battle with early dementia.
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Summitt, who was the winningest coach — men or women — in Division I basketball with 1,098 wins for the University of Tennessee, had to step down from her job in 2012 after she announced that she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Pat's son, Ross "Tyler" Summitt, released a statement regarding his mother's passing, saying:
"Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,' and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it's incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."
The statement continued:
"She'll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure."
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The former Tennessee coach's obituary mentioned services both private and open, saying:
"A private service and burial for family and friends will be held in Middle Tennessee. A public service to celebrate her life will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Details for the celebration of life will be shared at a later date."
AH-Mazingly, Pat led her lady Tennessee Volunteers to eight college championships during her tenure and is survived by her mother, Hazel Albright Head, her son Ross, and sister Linda, and brothers Tommy, Charles, and Kenneth.
Pat will be sorely missed, but always remembered.
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