|00:00:00||A STAR BASKETBALL PLAYER, PAT SUMMIT PLAYED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MARTIN AND SERVED AS CO-CAPTAIN ON THE 1976 U.|
|00:00:12||S. OLYMPIC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM.|
|00:00:13||PAT SUMMIT BEGAN COACHING THE LADY VOLS BASKETBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE 1974-1975 SEASON.|
|00:00:25||STARTING AS A GRADUATE ASSISTANT, SHE WAS QUICKLY PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH WHERE SHE EARNED $250 A MONTH AND DROVE THE TEAM VAN.|
|00:00:35||38 YEARS AND 1,098 WINS LATER, PAT SUMMIT IS NOW THE WINNINGEST COACH IN NCAA BASKETBALL HISTORY FOR EITHER A MEN'S OR A WOMAN'S TEAM.|
|00:00:49||SHE IS THE ONLY NCAA COACH WITH OVER 1,000 WINS AND SHE STILL HAS NEVER HAD A LOSING SEASON AS HEAD COACH.|
|00:01:00||THIS IS A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE RECORD IN ITS OWN RIGHT, BUT THE LEGACY OF PAT SUMMIT DOES NOT END THERE.|
|00:01:06||INDEED, I COULD SPEAK ABOUT HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THE ENTIRE MORNING HOUR.|
|00:01:11||I COULD MENTION HER EIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 16 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE SEASONS AND 16 S.|
|00:01:20||E.C. TOURNAMENT TITLES OR HER UNMATCHED CAREER, 84% WINNING PERCENTAGE.|
|00:01:27||IT IS CLEARLY EVIDENT THAT PAT SUMMIT IS UNMATCHED -- IS AN UNMATCHED COACH ON THE FIELD.|
|00:01:35||HER OFF-THE-FIELD ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE.|
|00:01:39||IN AN ERA RIFE WITH COLLEGIATE SPORTS SCANDALS, PAT SUMMIT HAS UPHELD THE TRACK RECORD OF ENCOURAGING AND MAINTAINING A 100% GRADUATION RATE.|
|00:01:57||SHE PRODUCES YOUNG WOMEN OF CHARACTER WHOSE ACADEMIC SUCCESSES MAKE THEM GOOD CITIZENS IN THE WORLD AS WELL AS GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYERS.|
|00:02:08||11 OF HER FORMER PLAYERS WERE ON THE WNBA ROSTER LAST YEAR.|
|00:02:13||AND SHE HAS COACHED TWO WNBA M.|
|00:02:19||V.P.'S. 16 COLLEGIATE HEAD COACHES HAVE EITHER PLAYED OR COACHED UNDER HER.|
|00:02:24||THE SUCCESS OF HER PLAYERS, BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT, IS A TESTAMENT TO THE DEDICATION SHE HAS GIVEN TO THE WELL-ROUNDED DEVELOPMENT OF HER PLAYERS.|
|00:02:33||WHEN I RETURN BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, MY ALMA MATER, THE LEGACY OF COACH PAT CAN BE FOUND EVERYWHERE.|
|00:02:43||FROM THE STUDENTS AND LADY VOL'S ATTIRE, TO PAT HEAD SUMMIT STREET IN KNOXVILLE, AND THE SUMMIT BASKETBALL COURT IN THE THOMPSON ARENA.|
|00:02:54||THROUGHOUT TENNESSEE, HER LEGACY IS STRONG AS WELL.|
|00:02:57||SHE HAS A GYM NAMED AFTER HER AT U.|
|00:03:01||T. MARTIN AND AT HER HIGH SCHOOL.|
|00:03:03||PAT SUMMIT'S TRUE LEGACY, HOWEVER, IS THE ALUMNI WHO HAVE SUCCEEDED DUE TO HER HARD WORK AND THE THOUSANDS OF YOUNG WOMEN WHO HAVE PURSUED EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS AND HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL DUE TO HER EXAMPLE.|
|00:03:16||PAT SUMMIT RETIRED FROM COACHING APRIL 18, AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE LADY VOLS AS HEAD COACH AMAYOR TUSS.|
|00:03:25||SHE NOW -- EMERITUS.|
|00:03:27||SHE NOW FACES THE BATTLE OF EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.|
|00:03:32||LIKE HER COACHING CAREER, I KNOW SHE WILL FACE THIS DISEASE WITH KRGE AND DETERMINATION.|
|00:03:37||WE -- COURAGE AND DETERMINATION.|
|00:03:38||WE WILL BE PRAYING AND THINKING ABOUT HER THROUGHOUT THIS BATTLE AND WE KNOW WE WILL MISS HER INPUT ON THE LANDSCAPE OF TENNESSEE.|
|00:03:46||THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.|
|00:03:47||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.|
|00:03:49||THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS.|
|00:03:51||BLACKBURN, FOR FIVE|
Mr. FLEISCHMANN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a woman who is a living legend in my home State of Tennessee. A star basketball player, Pat Summitt played at the University of Tennessee at Martin and served as cocaptain on the 1976 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team.
Pat Summitt began coaching Lady Vols basketball at the University of Tennessee just before the start of the 1974 1975 season. Starting as a graduate assistant, she was quickly promoted to head coach, where she earned $250 a month and drove the team van. Thirty-eight years and 1,098 wins later, Pat Summitt is now the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history for either a men's or a women's team. She is the only NCAA coach with over 1,000 wins, and she still has never had a losing season as head coach.
[Time: 10:40] This is a pretty impressive record in its own right, but the legacy of Pat Summitt does not end there. Indeed, I could speak about her accomplishments through the entire morning-hour. I could mention her eight NCAA championships, 16 Southeastern Conference seasons, 16 SEC tournament championship titles, or her unmatched career .840 winning percentage. It is clearly evident that Pat Summitt is an unmatched coach on the field.
Her off-the-field accomplishments are even more impressive. In an era rife with collegiate sports scandals, Pat Summitt has upheld the track record of uncompromised integrity, while encouraging and maintaining a 100 percent graduation rate for her team.
Coach Summitt produces more than just great athletes. She produces young women of character whose academic success prepares them to be good citizens in the world, as well as great basketball players. Eleven of her former players were on the WNBA roster last year, and she has coached two WNBA MVPs. Sixteen collegiate head coaches have either played or coached under her. The success of her players, both on and off the court, is a testament to the dedication she has given to the well-rounded development of her players.
When I return back to the University of Tennessee--my alma mater--the legacy of Coach Pat can be found everywhere, from the students in Lady Vols attire, to Pat Head Summitt Street in Knoxville, and the Summitt basketball court in the Thompson-Boling arena.
Throughout Tennessee, her legacy is strong as well. She has a gym named after her at UT-Martin and at her high school. Pat Summitt's true legacy, however, is the alumni who have succeeded due to her hard work and the thousands of young women who have pursued excellence in sports and have been successful due to her example.
Pat Summitt retired from coaching April 18 and will continue to serve the Lady Vols as head coach emeritus. She now faces a battle against early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Like her coaching career, I know she will face this battle with courage and determination. We will be praying and thinking of her throughout this battle, and I know we will miss her input on the landscape of Tennessee.