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Patricia Susan Summitt (née Head; June 14, 1952 – June 28, 2016) was an American women's college basketball head coach who accrued 1,098 career wins, the most in college basketball history at the time of her retirement. She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012.

Summitt won a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as a member of the United States women's national basketball team. She returned to the Olympics in 1984 as a head coach, guiding the U.S. women's basketball team to a gold medal. Summitt won eight NCAA Division I basketball championships. In 38 years as coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, she never missed the NCAA Tournament nor did she ever have a losing season. Summitt retired from coaching at age 59 following a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Summitt was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 as a member of its inaugural class. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her at number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports; she was the only woman on the list. In 2012, Summitt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards. In 2013, she was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Quote: Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of orange flower
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Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.


Quote: Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been before. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been before.


Quote: We communicate all the time, even when we don't realize it. Be aware of body language. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

We communicate all the time, even when we don't realize it. Be aware of body language.


Quote: Anyone can quit, but it takes a strong, committed person not to quit when times are tough. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Anyone can quit, but it takes a strong, committed person not to quit when times are tough.


Quote: Teamwork does not come naturally. Let's face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn't one of them. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Teamwork does not come naturally. Let's face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn't one of them.


Quote: In the absence of feedback, people will fill in the blanks with a negative. They will assume you don't care about them or don't like them. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

In the absence of feedback, people will fill in the blanks with a negative. They will assume you don't care about them or don't like them.


Quote: I lost my confidence. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I lost my confidence.


Quote: I've always put great emphasis on the academics and getting your degree. It's important because basketball is short term. The long term is what are you gonna do after college and after you no longer can bounce the ball. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I've always put great emphasis on the academics and getting your degree. It's important because basketball is short term. The long term is what are you gonna do after college and after you no longer can bounce the ball.


Quote: I don't give out compliments easily. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I don't give out compliments easily.


Quote: We do not win championships with girls. We win with competitors. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

We do not win championships with girls. We win with competitors.


Quote: Discipline is the only sure way I know to convince people to believe in themselves. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Discipline is the only sure way I know to convince people to believe in themselves.


Quote: Someday, I suppose I'll give up, and sit in the rocking chair. But I'll probably be rocking fast, because I don't know what I'll do without a job. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Someday, I suppose I'll give up, and sit in the rocking chair. But I'll probably be rocking fast, because I don't know what I'll do without a job.


Quote: If I'm not leading by example, then I'm not doing the right thing. And I want to always do the right thing. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

If I'm not leading by example, then I'm not doing the right thing. And I want to always do the right thing.


Quote: Our emphasis is on execution, not winning. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Our emphasis is on execution, not winning.


Quote: It is what it is. But, it will be what you make it. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

It is what it is. But, it will be what you make it.


Quote: Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.


Quote: She taught me that it's ok to let down your guard and allow your players to get to know you. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

She taught me that it's ok to let down your guard and allow your players to get to know you. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.


Quote: You spend more of the game preparing to win in the final seconds. And that is what separates winners from losers. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

You spend more of the game preparing to win in the final seconds. And that is what separates winners from losers.


Quote: Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that entitles you to succeed. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that entitles you to succeed.


Quote: When you choose to be a competitor you choose to be a survivor. When you choose to compete, you make the conscious decision to find out what your real limits are, not just what you think they are. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

When you choose to be a competitor you choose to be a survivor. When you choose to compete, you make the conscious decision to find out what your real limits are, not just what you think they are.


Quote: The willingness to experiment with change may be the most essential ingredient to success at anything. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

The willingness to experiment with change may be the most essential ingredient to success at anything.


Quote: In order to grow, you must accept new responsibilities, no matter how uncertain you may feel or how unprepared you are to deal with them. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

In order to grow, you must accept new responsibilities, no matter how uncertain you may feel or how unprepared you are to deal with them.


Quote: Sometimes I draw blanks. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Sometimes I draw blanks.


Quote: I think sometimes for me that sounds like almost being selfish. I am not about personal records. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I think sometimes for me that sounds like almost being selfish. I am not about personal records.


Quote: You have to make shots. That's the bottom line. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

You have to make shots. That's the bottom line.


Quote: I just think they were just a team that really enjoyed the process and allowed our coaching staff to enjoy the process. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I just think they were just a team that really enjoyed the process and allowed our coaching staff to enjoy the process.


Quote: Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Loyalty is not unilateral. You have to give it to receive it.


Quote: If it doesn't bother you, it won't bother them. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

If it doesn't bother you, it won't bother them.


Quote: If you want to be in the game you better shoot 75% from the line. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

If you want to be in the game you better shoot 75% from the line.


Quote: Rebounding wins championships, you need to emphasize it and work with kids on it. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Rebounding wins championships, you need to emphasize it and work with kids on it.


Quote: Teamwork doesn't come naturally. It must be taught. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Teamwork doesn't come naturally. It must be taught.


Quote: Belief in yourself is what happens when you know you've done the thing things that entitle you to success. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Belief in yourself is what happens when you know you've done the thing things that entitle you to success.


Quote: When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you,' by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you,'


Quote: The greatest strength any human being an have is to recognize his or her own weaknesses. When you identify your weaknesses, you can begin to remedy them -- or at least figure out how to work around them. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

The greatest strength any human being an have is to recognize his or her own weaknesses. When you identify your weaknesses, you can begin to remedy them -- or at least figure out how to work around them.


Quote: I think that it was a great feeling and probably a little bit more special because of the length of time that had passed before we won, but I think more importantly, it was just a great feeling because this team had such strong leadership and they had great chemistry. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of Pat Summitt quote; white text on black background

I think that it was a great feeling and probably a little bit more special because of the length of time that had passed before we won, but I think more importantly, it was just a great feeling because this team had such strong leadership and they had great chemistry.


Quote: Teamwork is really a form of trust. It's what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won't achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Teamwork is really a form of trust. It's what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won't achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.


Quote: Individual success is a myth. No one succeeds all by herself. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Individual success is a myth. No one succeeds all by herself.






Quote: Success lulls you. It makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy. In a way, you have to cultivate a kind of amnesia and forget all of your previous prosperity. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Success lulls you. It makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy. In a way, you have to cultivate a kind of amnesia and forget all of your previous prosperity.


Quote: Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen.


Quote: It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

It's harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.


Quote: There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable.


Quote: Attitude lies somewhere between emotion and logic. It's that curious mix of optimism and determination that enables you to maintain a positive outlook and to continue plodding in the face of the most adverse circumstances. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Attitude lies somewhere between emotion and logic. It's that curious mix of optimism and determination that enables you to maintain a positive outlook and to continue plodding in the face of the most adverse circumstances.


Quote: Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been before. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven't been before.


Quote: By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself farther than you thought you could -- like running the track after a two-hour practice -- you become a competitor. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

By doing things when you are too tired, by pushing yourself farther than you thought you could -- like running the track after a two-hour practice -- you become a competitor. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger.


Quote: Winners are not born, they are self-made. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Winners are not born, they are self-made.


Quote: A lot of kids just want to go play basketball, but they don't know to play and they don't have the skills to play. I think just the skill development right off and then play all you can, but don't sacrifice your skill development by just playing and not working on the specifics of the game. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of Pat Summitt quote: A lot of kids just want to go play basketball, but they don't know to play and they don't have the skills to play. I think just the skill development right off and then play all you can, but don't sacrifice your skill development by just playing and not working on the specifics of the game.- black text on quotes background

A lot of kids just want to go play basketball, but they don't know to play and they don't have the skills to play. I think just the skill development right off and then play all you can, but don't sacrifice your skill development by just playing and not working on the specifics of the game.


Quote: Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.


Quote: There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts. They are survival instincts. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

There is nothing wrong with having competitive instincts. They are survival instincts.


Quote: You can't always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

You can't always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive.


Quote: Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself.




Quote: Success is a project that's always under construction. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Success is a project that's always under construction.




Quote: There are some concrete ways to create a winning attitude. But nothing beats practicing it. When you prepare to win, belief comes easily. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

There are some concrete ways to create a winning attitude. But nothing beats practicing it. When you prepare to win, belief comes easily.


Quote: Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine.


Quote: I think the most important thing I thought is, I thought about recruiting and what we need in recruiting. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I think the most important thing I thought is, I thought about recruiting and what we need in recruiting.


Quote: My parents taught me a long time ago that you win in life with people, and that's important, because if you hang with winners, you stand a great chance of being a winner. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

My parents taught me a long time ago that you win in life with people, and that's important, because if you hang with winners, you stand a great chance of being a winner.


Quote: I have a love-hate relationship with losing. I hate how it makes me feel, which is basically sick. But I love what it brings out. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I have a love-hate relationship with losing. I hate how it makes me feel, which is basically sick. But I love what it brings out.


Quote: Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalties for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalties for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper.


Quote: I won 1,098 games, and eight national championships, and coached in four different decades. But what I see are not the numbers. I see their faces. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I won 1,098 games, and eight national championships, and coached in four different decades. But what I see are not the numbers. I see their faces.


Quote: There is not that many players that really can take over games, signed Candace Parker, I really felt like at that time that a National Championship was certainly in reach. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

There is not that many players that really can take over games, signed Candace Parker, I really felt like at that time that a National Championship was certainly in reach.


Quote: Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.


Quote: Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.


Quote: No one feels strong when she examines her own weakness. But in facing weakness, you learn how much there is in you, and you find real strength. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

No one feels strong when she examines her own weakness. But in facing weakness, you learn how much there is in you, and you find real strength.


Quote: Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you're never wrong? If you don't admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you're bound to make the same one again. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you're never wrong? If you don't admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you're bound to make the same one again.


Quote: A competitor continually sets new goals. He feels the need to keep raising the bar. If the fist goal is to make the team, and he achieves it, he immediately resets the goal to: I want to be a starter. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

A competitor continually sets new goals. He feels the need to keep raising the bar. If the fist goal is to make the team, and he achieves it, he immediately resets the goal to: I want to be a starter.


Quote: I mean, we're always trying to evaluate and tweak things and get better. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I mean, we're always trying to evaluate and tweak things and get better.


Quote: The ultimate goal of discipline is to teach self discipline. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

The ultimate goal of discipline is to teach self discipline.


Quote: You can't pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible. It's not something that disappears when you're tired. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

You can't pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible. It's not something that disappears when you're tired.


Quote: The absolute heart of loyalty is to value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear. In fact, you should value them most. Because they have paid you the compliment of leveling with you and assuming you can handle it. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of Pat Summitt quote; white text on black background

The absolute heart of loyalty is to value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear. In fact, you should value them most. Because they have paid you the compliment of leveling with you and assuming you can handle it.


Quote: To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family. It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels. But the rewards are worth the cost. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family. It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels. But the rewards are worth the cost.


Quote: Losing strengthens you. It reveals your weaknesses so you can fix them. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Losing strengthens you. It reveals your weaknesses so you can fix them.


Quote: I want to continue to do is to help these young women be successful. .. You don't just say goodbye at the end of their playing careers and end it there. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I want to continue to do is to help these young women be successful. .. You don't just say goodbye at the end of their playing careers and end it there.


Quote: I want to keep coaching as long as I can. I love teaching and working with student athletes and I love being at the University of Tennessee. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I want to keep coaching as long as I can. I love teaching and working with student athletes and I love being at the University of Tennessee.


Quote: I am about helping each and every student athlete that selects to wear the orange, you know, be successful at Tennessee individually and as a team. That type of record is certainly not anything that I have aspirations to reach. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I am about helping each and every student athlete that selects to wear the orange, you know, be successful at Tennessee individually and as a team. That type of record is certainly not anything that I have aspirations to reach.


Quote: God doesn't take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

God doesn't take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly.


Quote: Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results.


Quote: I was like, 'I don't know if I could be an Olympian...' But my dad really influenced me to stay and be in the Olympics. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I was like, 'I don't know if I could be an Olympian...' But my dad really influenced me to stay and be in the Olympics.


Quote: In my case, symptoms began to appear when I was only 57. In fact, the doctors believe early-onset Alzheimer's has a strong genetic predictor, and that it may have been progressing for some years before I was diagnosed. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

In my case, symptoms began to appear when I was only 57. In fact, the doctors believe early-onset Alzheimer's has a strong genetic predictor, and that it may have been progressing for some years before I was diagnosed.


Quote: I remember teaching a clinic to other coaches, and a guy raised his hand and asked if I had any advice when it came to coaching women. I leveled him with a death-ray stare, and said, 'Go home and coach basketball.' by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I remember teaching a clinic to other coaches, and a guy raised his hand and asked if I had any advice when it came to coaching women. I leveled him with a death-ray stare, and said, 'Go home and coach basketball.'


Quote: I remember standing on a medal podium at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, imbued with a sense that if you won enough basketball games, there was no such thing as poor, backward, country, female, or inferior. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I remember standing on a medal podium at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, imbued with a sense that if you won enough basketball games, there was no such thing as poor, backward, country, female, or inferior.


Quote: Sometimes I'm more stubborn than I am smart. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Sometimes I'm more stubborn than I am smart.


Quote: I'm not a good loser. I get sick physically... I take it to heart. I hate it. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I'm not a good loser. I get sick physically... I take it to heart. I hate it.


Quote: Most people get excited about games, but I've got to be excited about practice, because that's my classroom. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Most people get excited about games, but I've got to be excited about practice, because that's my classroom.


Quote: I can remember trying to coach, trying to figure out schemes, and it just wasn't coming to me. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I can remember trying to coach, trying to figure out schemes, and it just wasn't coming to me.


Quote: When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you.' by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you.'


Quote: I'd wake up in the morning and I would think, 'Where am I?' I'd have to gather myself. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I'd wake up in the morning and I would think, 'Where am I?' I'd have to gather myself.


Quote: I hate to sound this way but, 'Why me? Why me with dementia?' by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I hate to sound this way but, 'Why me? Why me with dementia?'


Quote: I don't want to sit around the house. I want to be out there. I want to go to practice. I want to be in the huddles. That's me. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I don't want to sit around the house. I want to be out there. I want to go to practice. I want to be in the huddles. That's me.


Quote: Class is more important than a game. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Class is more important than a game.


Quote: I've got a great staff and great support system, and I'm going to stick my neck out and do what I always do. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I've got a great staff and great support system, and I'm going to stick my neck out and do what I always do.


Quote: I think I can help others just by my example. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I think I can help others just by my example.


Quote: Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks; and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer's disease. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks; and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer's disease.


Quote: Have you ever walked along a shoreline, only to have your footprints washed away? That's what Alzheimer's is like. The waves erase the marks we leave behind, all the sand castles. Some days are better than others. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Have you ever walked along a shoreline, only to have your footprints washed away? That's what Alzheimer's is like. The waves erase the marks we leave behind, all the sand castles. Some days are better than others.


Quote: Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student athletes and help them discover what they want. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student athletes and help them discover what they want.


Quote: I think that a lot of people would perceive my style as being intimidating. And although I don't want to intimidate kids, I am very demanding. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

I think that a lot of people would perceive my style as being intimidating. And although I don't want to intimidate kids, I am very demanding.


Quote: When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do in life. It gives you vision. But you can't acquire it if you're afraid of keeping score. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do in life. It gives you vision. But you can't acquire it if you're afraid of keeping score.


Quote: The game is never over. No matter what the scoreboard reads or what the referee says, it doesn't end when you come off the court. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

The game is never over. No matter what the scoreboard reads or what the referee says, it doesn't end when you come off the court.


Quote: Winning is fun... Sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you've done is the point. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

Winning is fun... Sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point. Never being satisfied with what you've done is the point.


Quote: We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. It matters. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities because they fear failure. They don't understand commitment. by author Pat Summitt overlaid on photo of photo of author Pat Summitt with quote

We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. It matters. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities because they fear failure. They don't understand commitment.


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