Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Dementia, Will Continue as Coach

August 24, 2011

The Tennessee Women’s Basketball team, the Lady Vols, are feeling very motivated and giving their full support to their beloved coach Pat Summitt after she revealed she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Keep reading to know about this news and take a little look into the life and amazing career of this remarkable coach, mother and friend. We added the video she released about her medical diagnosis.

Pat Summitt

Whether or not you are a Tennessee basketball fan you know who Pat is, she my friends is “The Woman” behind the Vols and she is amazing! She wasn’t feeling so amazing when she had that sad diagnosis not long ago, she was suffering from early onset dementia, she felt frustrated, angry and she was worried about how she was going to let her team know, she couldn’t, but they deserved to know. Her 20 year-old son Tyler talked her into it and she did. What she probably wasn’t expecting was their response..

In a conference room full of Summitt’s Lady Vols and staff she broke the news, it was that same place where the only thing you could hear afterwards was the girls telling her “we love you Pat, we are your family, we will get through this”. Pat will continue to be the Lady Vols’ coach and her team feels so very blessed for having her.

“You don’t necessarily associate dementia with people our age so this announcement really put things in perspective. Pat has great support from her family, friends and staff and I know they will help her immensely. There is no doubt in my mind that Pat will take on this challenge as she has all others during her Hall of Fame career – head on. I wish her all the best.”

59 year-old Pat Head Summit, is the third child of four children in her household in Clarksville,Tennessee. A graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin, she played on her alma mater’s basketball team and on the U.S Olympic team winning two gold medals (1975, 1984) and a silver one in 1976. She became the Lady Vols’ head coach in the mid 70’s and holds 8 NCAA Championships plus she is a Women’s Hall Of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, has been awarded Coach of the Year several times. We sports enthusiasts and women all over feel all so proud of her, Go Pat!!!!

Pat Summitt released a statement via the video below about her dementia and this is what she has to say to you!

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Photos: www.wenn.com/ Apega, Adriana M. Barraza

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One Response to “Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Dementia, Will Continue as Coach”

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    Weight Says:

    God bless the woman. But she should not continue to coach. I have no doubt there will be no public dissent at Tennessee, and few will dare to voice politically incorrect words. But she should step away. Make her Coach Emeritus or something and keep her with an office and an advisory role.
    Why? Because the head coach is the lead advertisement for the school in recruiting. And, with great respect to Coach Summit, recruits do not know if, in four years, she will be someone they can depend on, or in Depends. I am not making a joke at her expense, please; this is the culmination of sports careers for these kids, very few of whom will go to the WNBA. Why would they take a risk on her? Connecticut is a much safer bet, or one of the up and coming teams that are challenging the two tops.
    I think Coach Summit has a choice. She can turn things over to her lead assistant, and preserve a legacy at Tennessee. Alternatively, she can coach her way until mentally incapable, under tremendous scrutiny, have kids go elsewhere, and have Tennessee join such woman’s baskeball used-to-bes like Old Dominion and Delta State.