Pat Summitt

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Pat Summitt’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Pat Summitt

Place Of Birth

Clarksville, USA


64 years old (died on June 27, 2016)

Birth Date

June 13, 1952

Star Sign


Pat Summitt Facts

Child Star?



Basketball coach

Education & Qualifications

University of Tennessee

Net Worth

$8 million


Ross Tyler Summitt


Richard Head, Hazel Albright Head


Tommy, Charles, Kenneth, Linda


1.8m (5'9"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Dragon

About Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt was well known as the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball coach.

Summitt played for the University of Tennessee at Martin as one of the defensive players. After the 2011/12 season, she ended her 38-year coaching career.

In 1990, Summitt was invited to the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame as a basketball coach. On June 19, 2013, she appeared in the FIBA Hall of Fame as the Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball coach. The Sporting News ranked her 11th on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports in 2009; she was the list's sole female.

Pat Summitt's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Pat Summitt’s net worth?

The net worth of Pat Summitt was estimated to be around $8 million at the time of her death.

How much did Pat Summitt earn per year?

The annual salary of Pat Summitt has not been disclosed to the public.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Pat Summitt?

Pat Summitt was approximately 5 ft 10 in (181 cm) tall.

How old was Pat Summitt?

Pat Summitt was born on June 14, 1952, and on June 28, 2016, she died at the age of 64. Her birthday represents the zodiac sign Gemini.

Childhood And Education

Pat Summitt was originally from Clarksville, Tennessee. Richard and Hazel Albright Head were her parents.

Summitt had four siblings: Kenneth, Linda, Tommy, and Charles. Her birth name was Patricia Sue Head, and she was known as Trish in her youth. There was no female team at her high school so she started playing basketball in Cheatham County. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. She started training under Nadine Gearin, UT–Martin's first women's basketball coach, and achieved All-American honors. No athletic scholarships were available to women at the time as Title IX, the federal civil rights law in the United States, was not yet in force. Summitt earned a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Pat Summitt’s partner?

Pat Summitt got married to Ross Barnes Summitt II in 1980. In 1990, they became the parents of Ross Tyler Summitt. She applied for a divorce in 2007.

Tyler Summitt graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2012. He made his career debut in the 2012–13 season by joining the Marquette University women's team as an assistant coach, which was later criticized as 'a bittersweet irony' by ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski. His joining became official on the same day his mother reported her retirement. In August 2011, Pat Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and voluntarily retired from coaching in 2012. Eventually, she died at a senior living facility in Knoxville, leaving her son, Tyler, as her only heir.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Just before the 1974/75 season, Pat Summitt was given the opportunity to be a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee and later the head coach of the Lady Vols. That was how she began her coaching career.

In the first year of Summitt's career as head coach, most of her trainees were only a year younger than her and were from Tennessee high schools. On December 7, 1974, she represented Tennessee against Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and they lost 84–83. Later, on January 10, 1975, the team defeated Middle Tennessee State, and Summitt experienced her first win. The Lady Vols, under Pat Summitt, won the Tennessee College Women's Sports Federation (TCWSF) Eastern District Championship. During the second season in 1976, she got her master's degree in physical education and became the co-captain of the 1976 US Women's Olympic basketball team. With her guidance, the Lady Vols made a record of 16–11, and the USBWNT won a silver medal in Montreal. In the same season, The Lady Vols defeated Delta State and won the AIAW Region II Championships, giving Tennessee its first place in the rankings. In 1978, the Lady Vols won over NC State in their first AIAW Final Four, which was Summitt's 100th win.

In the 1981/82 season, the Lady Vols were invited as one of 32 teams. They defeated USC but ended up losing their Final Four match-up to Louisiana Tech. The following season, they lost the regular season SEC tournament to Georgia. Pat Summitt was honored with a first-ever one seed at the NCAA tournament. On December 3, in the Coca-Cola Classic in Detroit, the Lady Vols won over St. John's, which was Summitt's 200th game. In 1986/87, the Lady Vols got their first national title by defeating Louisiana Tech. Tennessee's Tonya Edwards was the leading light of the match. The Lady Vols were invited to the Final Four for the fourth straight year during the 1988/89 season, defeating SEC rival Auburn. In 1989/90, the Lady Vols lost in overtime to Virginia in the regional finals. Even with the early-onset Alzheimer's disease, Summitt completed the 2011/12 season with the assistance of Holly Warlick. On April 18, 2012, Baylor Lady Bears had outthrown the Lady Vols in the Elite Eight in Des Moines. The same year, at age 59, Summitt retired as a head coach, and Holly Warlick took her place.

Charity Work

Pat Summitt did fundraising for the East Tennessee Foundation. Later, she founded the Pat Summitt Foundation, which provides assistance to treat, prevent, cure, and ultimately eradicate Alzheimer's disease. The foundation educates and raises awareness about the disease and encourages patients, their families, and caregivers.

What awards did Pat Summitt win?

In 2008, Pat Summitt won the Best Coach/Manager ESPY Award. She also became SEC Coach of the Year eight times (1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011) throughout her career.

In 1998, Summitt got the USBWA Coach of the Year award, and the same year, she was given the AP Coach of the Year award. In 1983, 1995, and 1998 she became WBCA Coach of the Year. She also won Naismith Coach of the Year five times (1987, 1989, 1994, 1998, 2004). In 1998, Summitt was honored with AP College Basketball Coach of the Year. In 2000, she became the Naismith Coach of the 20th Century. Pat Summitt obtained the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in 2008. In 2011, she became the Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year. In 2012, Summitt was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Other Interesting Pat Summitt Facts And Trivia

  • Pat Summitt co-authored 'Reach for the Summitt' (it is a combination of part motivational reading and part biography), 'Sum It Up' (which is about her survival and how she was living with Alzheimer's disease after being diagnosed), and 'Raise the Roof' (based on the Lady Vols' 1997/98 undefeated and NCAA-championships winning season).
  • In Summitt's remembrance, the Pat Summitt Foundation founded the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
  • Summitt's former players, such as Holly Warlick and Kellie Harper, have represented Tennessee as a head coach.

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