Pat Summitt is proceeding directly to the Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame's selection committee recommended that the five-year "last service requirement" be waived for the Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend, allowing her to join the Class of 2012. Summitt and three former athletes will be honored Friday night in a private induction ceremony at the Downtown Hilton.
The other inductees are former Lady Vols point guard Michelle Marciniak, former track & field star Jane Haist and former golfer Young-A Yang.
"This distinguished group includes a legendary coach and three former student-athletes, whose participation in athletics runs the gamut from the early days of varsity women's athletics competition at Tennessee to an inductee who is being enshrined in her first year of eligibility,'' UT director of athletics Dave Hart said in a statement.
Summitt is the headliner of the group. She stepped down in April after 38 seasons, 1,098 victories and eight national championships. Summitt announced in August of 2011 that she had been
diagnosed with early onset dementia Alzheimer's type. During Summitt's tenure, the Lady Vols strung together 31 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and made 18 Final Fours. They won 16 SEC championships and 16 conference tournament titles.
In 2000, Summitt was named the Naismith coach of the century.
Marciniak came to Tennessee as a transfer from Notre Dame. She was a two-time All-SEC selection and a Naismith All-American in 1996. Despite playing just three seasons, she still topped 1,000 career points (1,004) and ranks in the top 10 in 11 statistical categories.
The former point guard finished her career as the Final Four's most outstanding player after helping lead UT to the 1995-96 national championship.
Yang, who played at UT from 1998-2002, earned All-America recognition all four years by the National Golf Coaches Association, including a first-team honor in 2001. Yang, who is from Tae-Gu City, South Korea, is ranked first or tied for first in five statistical categories, including top-10 career finishes (26).
Haist, who competed at UT from 1977-79, was an All-American in 1977 and '78, winning an AIAW national championship in the discus in '77 with a throw of 188 feet, 5 inches. She was the national runner-up in the event the following year. Her toss of 198-8 still stands as a Lady Vol record.
The inductees will be introduced at the UT-Troy football game Nov. 3.