Thursday, February 5, 2009

Coach Summitt hits 1000 win mark as Lady Vols defeat Georgia

In an impressive win for a young team composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores, the Lady Vols resoundingly beat Georgia, 73 to 43, to give Coach Pat Summitt her 1000th win. In her 35 years as women's basketball coach solely at the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt has gone from setting up chairs for games to heading a program where the court they play on is named "The Summitt". In a ceremony after the game, Coach Summitt thanked her staff, fans and the many players and people who have been part of her 35 year history as she was honored for this milestone.

No other NCAA women's college basketball program, much less a single coach, has 1,000 wins. The second-winningest coach in the women's game is Jody Conradt, who retired at Texas with 900 victories.As for the men, only one Division I coach has more than 900 wins — former Indiana and Texas Tech Coach Bobby Knight (902). via

Her son Tyler shares some stories about his mom on this video, in which he talks about her values and what she's taught him as a parent.

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Congrats to Coach Summitt, who was quoted as saying:

"It's a hard number to even comprehend.It's a time to reflect on a number of things, the administration saying yes to women's basketball and giving us an opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the women's game. I appreciate that."

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