Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart announced Friday that a banner with her name will hang from the rafters with other greats in UT basketball history.
A ceremony will be held prior to the Lady Vols’ 7 p.m. home game against Notre Dame on Jan. 28.
“It will be quite an honor to join those with a banner already hanging in the rafters at Thompson-Boling Arena,” Summitt said in a UT release. “I appreciate the honor and feel very blessed to have been able to spend my entire career at the University of Tennessee. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities afforded me by such a great institution.”
Summitt stepped down as coach of the Lady Vols last April after 38 seasons that included an NCAA-record eight national championships and is the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach with 1,098 victories. Summitt, who was diagnosed in 2011 with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, was named head coach emeritus.
“We are thrilled to honor Pat and her outstanding career,” Hart said in the release. “She is a legend who transcends women’s basketball. This banner will serve as yet another reminder of the impact Coach Summitt has at our University and throughout the country. Her integrity, class and competitiveness continue to inspire the world of sports and, now, the fight to beat Alzheimer’s.”
Summitt will join five players she coached — Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick, Bridgette Gordon, Daedra Charles, Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings — along with former men’s coach Ray Mears, broadcasting legend John Ward and former Vols Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld and Allan Houston to be honored with banners.