She ‘won’ every day of her life because of the relationships she developed, nurtured and cherished. On Tuesday, June 28 2016, Pat passed away peacefully, following a courageous battle with early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s Type.” This disease attacked a lifetime of precious memories, memories that she has now won back as she rests in her eternal home.Memories that will live on in each and every relationship she developed throughout her life.
"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." Summitt helped grow college women's basketball as her Lady Vols dominated the sport in the late 1980s and 1990s, winning six titles in 12 years.
• Has compiled an overall record of 695-146 in 25 seasons as the head coach at the University of Tennessee • Has guided the Lady Vols to six NCAA Championships (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998) • Directed UT to a storybook 1997-98 campaign as the Lady Vols posted a flawless 39-0 worksheet en route to claiming an unprecedented third consecutive NCAA crown • Has had teams advance to the Final Four 15 times altogether • Coached the USA to its first gold medal in women's basketball competition in the Olympics in 1984 • Earned a silver medal as co-captain of the 1976 U.
She grew up on a dairy farm, where she developed the toughness that would become her trademark. In 1975 she won gold at the Pan-American Games and the following year overcame a serious knee injury to cocaptain the .
She announced in 2011 at age 59 that she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia. At her retirement, Summitt's eight national titles ranked behind the 10 won by former UCLA men's coach John Wooden.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma passed Summitt after she retired.
She worked hard to keep up with her three older brothers, who taught her the game of basketball – a game that would later become a passion and profession for her.