Yep, that's right sports fans. Last night (Thursday, Feb. 5th) Tennessee (UT) women's basketball Pat Summitt's Lady Vols beat Georgia 73-43 and gave Coach Summitt her 1,000th career win.
Coach Summitt being showered by her team after win number 1,000 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Coach Summett has coached the Lady Vols in 1,187 games to date. Won 1,000 and lost 187; that's an impressive won-lost percentage.
But even more impressive is the fact that 100% of her players that have played out their eligibility at UT have graduated and received a degree!
That's right, a 100% graduation rate.
As if being the only coach, male or female, to ever win 1,000 games AND and have all her student athletes graduate she's racked up a few more awards and accolades during her 35 year long career:
- 14-time SEC Champions (1980, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007)
- 13-time SEC Tournament Champions (1980, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008
- 7-time SEC Coach of the Year (1983, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
- 7-time NCAA Coach of the Year (1983, 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2004
- 8-time NCAA Champions (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008
The famous "Summitt Stare" in action during a game. This look means Pat is not happy and you had better change your ways immediately.
We had the pleasure of having her speak once at a Tennessee Association of Realtor's convention. About 5 minutes after she started talking I knew immediately why her teams were so good.
This lady has what is known as PRESENCE in bold and all caps! She can command attention by just walking into a room and standing there.
The famous "Summitt Stare" is her trademark look she gives often and it usually always gets the results she's after.
One of my fellow Realtors, Lynn Canan (Collins), played for the Lady Vols in the early to mid 80s. Apparently Lynn is a bit camera shy, I couldn't find a photo of her anywhere.
Congratulation Coach Summitt, not only on win number 1,000 for for all you've contributed to the University and your players through the years.