April 1, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Tennessee Lady Volunteers head coach Pat Summitt smiles while on the court for a halftime ceremony in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA women's basketball Final Four between the Baylor Bears and the Stanford Cardinal at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Due to early onset Alzheimer's Disease, Pat Summitt has elected to step down as Head Coach of the University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Program. She will remain on staff reporting to their AD in an advisory manner. Pat Summitt has 38 years as coach, with an astounding record of 1,098-208, 8 National Championships, 18 Final Fours, 16 Conference Titles, and 16 NCAA berths. For UGA fans, she has been an annual thorn in the side, often preventing our own Lady Dawgs from winning their own rings in many a year. Coach Summitt and UGA's Coach Landers' have had a very competitive, yet healthy, rivalry filled with great match ups over the decades. That being said, she single handedly propelled women's college basketball into a much larger sport, sending a steady stream of players to the WNBA and other coaching positions.
We at Dawg Sports wish Coach Summitt and her family all the best. We pray she can be a catalyst for further research and treatment of this horrible disease. You had an amazing run Pat.