Pat Summitt died Tuesday morning at the age of 64 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of both men’s and women’s Division I basketball, piloted the University of Tennesse Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012.
Winning eight national championships between 1987 and 2008, Summitt was victorious a record 1,098 times and also captured 16 SEC Tournaments and 16 SEC regular season titles, along with eight SEC Coach of the Year awards. Seven times he was named NCAA Coach of the Year and even earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Her former players, associates, competitors, adversaries, and friends took to social media Tuesday to offer up their condolences as the loss of the legendary and trailblazing coach and also offer up some memories. We've rounded up our favorites.
My heart is broken. Pat & I shared a very special, special BOND that will NEVER be broken! I love u Pat!— Holly Warlick (@HollyWarlick) June 28, 2016
A photo posted by Catch Me If U Can 24 (@catchin24) on Jun 26, 2016 at 10:47am PDT
Gutted. I love you. Thank you.— Kara Lawson (@karalawson20) June 28, 2016
RIP to my coach. Gone but never forgotten🙏🏽🙌🏽 thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your life!— Meighan Simmons (@meighan_simmons) June 28, 2016
To my Lady Vol sisters. As our hearts ache today with the passing of our coach, we will cope together. Lift another sister up. #LV4L🍊— Kyra Elzy (@CoachLZ) June 28, 2016
Thank you, for being the pioneer. Thank you, for defining greatness. Thank you. Rest in Peace, Coach Summitt. pic.twitter.com/eUXKnrl9RF— UConn Women's Hoops (@UConnWBB) June 28, 2016
The breadth of your impact on people and women's basketball is unmeasurable❤️ 🏀 Thank You Pat Summitt— Katie Smith (@katiesmith30) June 28, 2016
My true story of Pat Summit. pic.twitter.com/uEo9EbkiSv— Courtney Banghart (@CoachBanghart) June 28, 2016
Today we lost another legend! She inspired any young girl who picked up a basketball to strive for excellence and dominate. I'm so thankful for my time with you and I know you have gone on to teach in heaven! #patsummit #Legend #tennesseevols #SimpleTheBest
A photo posted by Lisa Leslie (@lisaleslie) on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:41am PDT
Would there be a WNBA without her influence? Rest in peace, Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 28, 2016
Coach @patsummitt was an all time great w/ a brilliant mind, a love of basketball and a deep loyalty to all around her. She will be missed.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 28, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to @patsummitt and all her friends, family, former players & staff, and all that were inspired by her.— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) June 28, 2016
RIP Pat Summitt. A legend and personal hero of mine for many many years. #sadday— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) June 28, 2016