Legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt dies at 64

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 6:06 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press / WVLT - Knoxville

June 28, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP / WVLT) -- Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, who boosted women's game, has died at 64.

Doctors diagnosed Summitt with the “Alzheimer's type” neurological disease in August 2011 during her last season at the helm of the Tennessee women's basketball program.

“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt," Tyler Summit said in a statement early Tuesday morning. "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

Summitt spent most of her life in Knoxville and became one of the city's most recognizable figures.

Summitt served as a spokesperson for the United Way, The Race for the Cure and Juvenile Diabetes. Summitt also worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Heart Association, her sorority Chi Omega and numerous other organizations.

In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Summitt has more wins than any coach in college basketball history – men's or women's play. During her tenure, Summitt led the Tennessee Lady Vols to eight NCAA National Championships, 16 SEC regular season crowns and 16 SEC Tournament titles.

Summitt's career ended with a record of 1098-208 (.840) at Tennessee, where she led the Lady Vols to their 16th SEC Tournament title and to the Elite 8 in her final season.

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