A look at Pat Summitt's iconic career through the numbers
As a player and a coach, legendary sports icon Pat Summitt had a great run on the hardwood.
Her winning ways began during her undergraduate years at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Summit went on the take the helm at the University of Tennessee, where she took the program and the sport of women’s basketball to another level.
Here’s a look at her incredible career through the numbers.
As a player, Summitt lead the UT-Martin Lady Pacers to this overall record from 1970-1974. In that time, the defensive standout represented the school as a member and co-captain of the United States Women's Olympics Basketball Team. The squad won a silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
From 1977-1984, she coached various USA teams to six medals in international play, including a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
The number of seasons Summitt graced the sidelines on Rocky Top from 1974-2012. After graduating from college, Summitt took the reigns over the UT women’s basketball program at only 22 years old. She went on to make Lady Vols basketball a perennial powerhouse.
Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008) and 18 Final Four appearances. Summitt finished her career behind only UCLA's legendary coach John Wooden and UConn's Geno Auriemma for the most NCAA titles. Every Lady Vol basketball player from 1976-2011 had the opportunity to play in at least one Final Four.
Summitt won the SEC coach of the year award eight times (1993, '95, '98, 2001, '03, '04, '07 & '11).
The SEC Tournament titles Pat earned while coaching at the University of Tennessee. While earning those championships, she also compiled a 458-69 overall conference record (.849 winning percentage).
Summitt and the Lady Vols also won the SEC Championship in the regular season 16 times too.
Pat became the winningest coach in men’s or women’s sports with this overall coaching record (.840 winning percentage). The record includes the stellar 1997-1998 season, where the Lady Vols notched a perfect 39-0 season on their way to a third consecutive NCAA title. She was also became the first coach ever to 1,000 wins with a 93-65 victory over Arkansas on Feb. 7, 2002.
These stats led her to become a seven-time NCAA Coach of the year (1983, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998 & 2004) and the Naismith Coach of the Century award.
The graduation rate for all Lady Vols basketball players who completed their eligibility at Tennessee. During 38 seasons, Summitt coached 161 players.
Summitt is the only person to have two Division I basketball courts named in her honor: Thompson-Boling Arena’s “The Summitt” and UT-Martin Skyhawk Arena’s “Pat Head Summitt Court.”