It normally takes an athlete 10 years after they’ve left the University of Tennessee and Administrators five years to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, but the school has waived that requirement for Pat Summitt who stepped down as the women’s head basketball coach last April, as the winningest Division 1 coach in NCAA history in either a men’s or women’s program, with 1,098 victories. Her win record puts her 198 wins above Jody Conradt who retired in 2007 with 900 wins and 213 above C. Vivian Stringer, who is still coaching the Rutgers University Women’s program.
Summitt led the Lady Vols for 38 years, earning eight National Championships, 16 SEC Championships, 16 SEC Tournament Championships, was named SEC Coach of the year eight times, was named NCAA Coach of the Year seven times, was named the Naismith Coach of the 20th Century in 2000, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards, and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Also being enshrined into the Lady Vols Hall of Fame on November 2nd will be former Lady Vols basketball player Michelle Marciniak, track star Jane Haist, and golfer Young-A Yang.
Summitt stepped down when she revealed that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has been named head coach emeritus and is still active with the team.