Timeline: Pat Summitt through the years

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Pat Summitt is pictured in a 1970 Cheatham County High School yearbook photograph.

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Contributed photo Pat Summitt is pictured in a 1970 Cheatham County High School yearbook photograph.

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt sings "Rocky Top" during a timeout in the first half of the men's basketball game against Florida on Feb. 27, 2007.

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Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel Tennessee coach Pat Summitt sings "Rocky Top" during a timeout in the first half of the men's basketball game against Florida on Feb. 27, 2007.

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt celebrates after the Lady Vols defeated Louisiana Tech on March 29, 1987, in Austin, Texas. The victory earned the Lady Vols their first national championship in women's basketball.

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News Sentinel Tennessee coach Pat Summitt celebrates after the Lady Vols defeated Louisiana Tech on March 29, 1987, in Austin, Texas. The victory earned the Lady Vols their first national championship in women's basketball.

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Pat Summitt cuts down the net at the Sommet Center in Nashville after Tennessee defeated LSU for the SEC women's basketball championship in 2008.

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Saul Young/News Sentinel staff Pat Summitt cuts down the net at the Sommet Center in Nashville after Tennessee defeated LSU for the SEC women's basketball championship in 2008.

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and son Tyler, who was five at the time, take down the net after winning the 1996 championship game over Georgia in Charlotte, N.C.

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Associated Press Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and son Tyler, who was five at the time, take down the net after winning the 1996 championship game over Georgia in Charlotte, N.C.

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt waves to the fans as her son Tyler holds the trophy after the Lady Vols defeated Stanford 64-48 to win the 2008 national championship in Tampa, Fla.

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Associated Press Tennessee coach Pat Summitt waves to the fans as her son Tyler holds the trophy after the Lady Vols defeated Stanford 64-48 to win the 2008 national championship in Tampa, Fla.

June 14, 1952: Born in Clarksville, Tenn., daughter of Richard and Hazel Albright Head.

April 30, 1974: As a senior at UT Martin, receives a letter asking her to become head women's coach at UT. Summitt, then known as Patricia Head, accepts the job at age 22.

Jan. 10, 1975: Summitt wins first game as UT's coach, 69-32 over Middle Tennessee State.

Jan. 13, 1979: Her 100th victory comes against N.C. State.

Dec. 3, 1982: Summitt defeats St. John's for win No. 200.

1984: Guides Team USA to gold at Los Angeles Olympics.

Jan. 4, 1987: Wins 300th game with victory over North Carolina.

March 29, 1987: Wins first national title with 67-44 win against Louisiana Tech at Austin, Texas.

April 2, 1989: Wins second NCAA national title with a 76-60 victory over Auburn.

Jan. 25, 1990: Claims win No. 400, beating South Carolina.

Sept. 21, 1990: Son, Ross Tyler Summitt, is born.

March 31, 1991: Wins third NCAA national title in a 70-67 overtime game against Virginia.

Nov. 21, 1993: Captures win No. 500 with victory against Ohio State.

March 31, 1996: Wins fourth NCAA national title with 83-65 victory against Georgia.

Nov. 23, 1996: Gets win No. 600, against Marquette.

March 30, 1997: Lady Vols win fifth NCAA national title by defeating Old Dominion 68-59.

Nov. 23, 1997: UT Martin names its basketball court Pat Head Summitt Court after its former star.

March 29, 1998: UT goes 39-0 and wins national title. Some call team best in the history of women's college basketball.

Dec. 5, 1999: Gets win No. 700, against Wisconsin.

Oct. 13, 2000: Is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. A year earlier, was inducted into the inaugural class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

March 25, 2002: Reaches the Final Four for the 13th time to pass UCLA men's Coach John Wooden.

Jan. 14, 2003: Gets win No. 800 with victory against DePaul.

March 22, 2005: Defeats Purdue 75-54 in Knoxville in NCAA Tournament for win No. 880 to become all-time winningest basketball coach in NCAA history. Passes former North Carolina men's Coach Dean Smith. Thompson-Boling Arena's court is named The Summitt.

Jan. 19, 2006: Wins No. 900 with a come-from-behind victory against No. 19 Vanderbilt.

May 22, 2006: Becomes first college women's basketball coach to receive $1 million salary. The six-year deal brings her total compensation to $1.125 million in 2006-07 and reaches $1.5 million in the 2011-12 season.

April 3, 2007: Lady Vols win seventh NCAA national title by defeating Rutgers 59-46.

April 8, 2008: UT wins back-to-back NCAA national titles — and its eighth overall — by defeating Stanford 64-48.

April 12, 2008: Wins the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching lifetime achievement award. Became the first women's coach to earn the award.

Feb. 9, 2009: Earns her 1,000th career coaching victory courtesy of a 73-43 victory over Georgia.

Aug. 23, 2011: Reveals that she's been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type but also says that she intends to continue coaching.

Nov. 27, 2011: At halftime against Baylor, Summitt and her son, Tyler, announced the formation of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.

Dec. 28, 2011: Former Lady Vols All-American Chamique Holdsclaw presents Summitt with a book of letters written by former players.Feb. 23, 2012: In losing 72-71 in overtime to Arkansas, Tennessee suffered a third home loss in a season for the first time in program history.

Feb. 4, 2012: Summitt helped cut down the nets in Nashville after Tennessee won the SEC tournament with a 70-58 victory over LSU.

March 26, 2012: In Summitt's final game as UT's coach, the Lady Vols lose to eventual national champion Baylor 77-58 in the final of the Des Moines (Iowa) Regional.

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Jakevol writes:

When thinking of great coaches in College Sports, I think of OSU W.Hayes, Mich Bo Schembechler, GT B.Dodd, B.Bryant and Bob Neyland in Football (Bryant never beat Neyland). I think of UCLA Wooden, Ky Rupp, D.Smith NC. Duke Krzyzewski mens basketball. Only one comes to my mind, when it comes to Ladies Basketball, Pat Summitt, who changed ladies basketball not only at the college level but HS and beyond as well, and became the benchmark for others to follow. How lucky for the Tennessee Nation to have been bless to have had her. Her players feared her, while still respecting her,, just like Neyland. We love you Pat,,

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