Pat Summitt - Her Name Was Just Foreshadowing (1000 Wins and Counting)

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She did it. When Pat Summitt coached the Lady Volunteers NCAA Basketball team to a win over Georgia reaching her 1000th win she became the first and only coach with 1000 wins in NCAA Basketball history.

I didn't say the only NCAA coach with 1000 wins in Women's Basketball. I said the only coach with 1000 wins in NCAA Basketball. The next closest is Bob Knight. He only has 902 wins. The next closest female coach is Judy Conradt with 900 wins, and Conradt retired back in 2007.

Have I mentioned Pat Summit is only 56 and nowhere near retirement?

Have I mentioned that 8 of those 1000 wins were National Championship games?

Check out these numbers:

Summitt has made a remarkable journey. Her Tennessee teams have won
eight NCAA titles, made 16 NCAA Final Four appearances and captured 27
Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships.
She has coached 12 Olympians, 19 All-Americans, 71 All-SEC performers,
43 players who have gone on to the professional ranks, as well as
numerous members of U.S. National Teams. Amazingly, every Lady Vol
women’s basketball player since 1976 has played in at least one Final
Four during her career at Tennessee.

- Pretty Tough

And more stats from the Pat Summitt / Lady Vols News Blog

From her first victory on Jan. 10, 1974, to win No. 1,000 on Feb. 5,
2009, 12,445 days passed. A look at how long it took Summitt to reach
each plateau:

Wins Length
1-100 4 years, 4 days
100-200 3 years, 324 days
200-300 4 years, 32 days
300-400 3 years, 21 days
400-500 3 years, 300 days
500-600 3 years, 2 days
600-700 3 years, 12 days
700-800 3 years, 39 days
800-900 3 years, 5 days
900-1,000 3 years, 17 days


It is indeed.

It is even better than that. Pat Summitt is more than just good. She is fun to watch.

When I watch women's college basketball, I cheer the loudest for a team
from a state I've never visited.  It's because I've learned to love the
fierce, driven energy and sheer presence of their coach.  Pat Summitt
paces the sidelines, watching plays unfold with a raptor's intense eye,
shouting to her players and slicing her hands through the air
vehemently.   When the Tennessee Lady Vols plays get disorganized or
sloppy, or a ref makes a bad call, blood rushes to her face as she
rages.  It's impressive, admirable (makes me glad I'm safely watching
from a TV screen or the cheap bleacher seats!) and tremendous fun to

- Women's Voices for Change

So, she is good, she is fun to watch and she just signed a five year contract extension with The University of Tennessee.

As of today the AP Poll has the Lady Volunteers ranked at 15. Considering that Tennessee won the title game in 2007 and 2008 I think that Summit has a really good chance at tying John Wooden's record of 10 National Championship wins. Maybe she will overtake the men on that one too.

 Congratulations Pat. You are making us all look good.


Contributing Editor Sarah also blogs at Sarah and the Goon Squad and Draft Day Suit.


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