Patt Summitt achieved the most wins in NCAA basketball history. She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012, winning eight NCAA championships (an NCAA women’s record when she retired), and surpassed only by the 10 titles won by UCLA men’s coach John Wooden and the 11 titles won by UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma. She was the first NCAA coach, and one of four college coaches overall, to achieve at least 1,000 wins (she achieved 1,098).
Beyond the wins and the statistics, Summitt had a profound impact on women’s college athletics.
Her death came five years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 64.