pat summitt 31 Mar 1996: Head Coach Pat Summitt of the University of Tennessee instructs player Michelle Marciniak in the championship game of the NCAA Women”s Final Four against the University of Georgia played at Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We lost another legend in 2016 Tuesday morning when Pat Summitt died at the age of 64. Summitt was the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, with 1,098 wins with the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team.

Summitt was an inspiration to many and did so much for women’s basketball. She touched many lives, and had an impact on all who she met.

Those closest to her in the Tennessee family remembered the legendary coach.

Tyler Summitt, her son had the following to say, via the AP:

“Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” Tyler Summitt said. “Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”

Peyton Manning also had words on Summitt, from the AP:

“She could have coached any team, any sport, men’s or women’s. It wouldn’t have mattered because Pat could flat out coach,” Manning said in a statement. “I will miss her dearly, and I am honored to call her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and their entire family.” 

About Harry Lyles Jr.

Harry Lyles Jr. is an Atlanta-based writer, and a Georgia State University graduate.