Sum It up

Sum It up

1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and A Life in Perspective

eBook - 2013
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Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of 'Reach for the Summitt' and 'Raise The Roof,' tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named "Sports Illustrated" 'Sportswoman of the Year'. She owes her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She is a role model for the many women she's coached; 74 of her players have become coaches. Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continues to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other--with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor. --Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385346887
Characteristics: 1 online resource (407 p., 16 p. of plates) : ill. (some col.).
Subjects: Summitt, Pat Head, 1952-2016
Summitt, Pat Head, 1952- -- Mental health.
Tennessee Volunteers (Basketball team) -- History.
Electronic books.
Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Biography.
Women basketball coaches -- United States -- Biography.
Basketball coaches -- United States -- Biography.
Additional Contributors: Jenkins, Sally


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Mar 29, 2017

One of the most inspirational books I have read in a very long time. Coach Summitt was my idol and she will always be the Wizard of Knoxville.

Dec 10, 2016

I don't remember enjoying any sports autobiography as much as I did this. Larger than life figure. Possessed, often seemingly abusive, generous, tough loving mother figure. Her former players adore her and have gone on to great things in their own lives. She seems to remember them all. I am astounded by the statistic that 100% of her four-year players graduated. At other big-time universities, the label "student athlete" is just a joke.

Jun 14, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. I am not a sports fan at all but she is a fascinating woman. She really was never given anything in her whole life yet she gave and gave and gave to her family, coworkers and players. Many lessons to be learned from her.

MrFrida Feb 21, 2014

A remarkable story told with honesty and courage. Pat Summitt is candid and tells about her journey from farm girl to the tremendously successful college coach she has become. She tells about her recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's. She is a living example of courage, hard work, and determination. I learned so much from the book about life.

Jun 08, 2013

This book is terrific! I have always thought of Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee basketball team as a juggernaut, but this book explains how that came to be. Pat Summitt built that great program from nothing, starting at age 22. She has incredible strength of character, and what she has achieved is truly remarkable. Reading this book makes me feel like I know her personally. This book also helps illustrate how Title IX changed the world. I recommend this book to everyone!

Mar 24, 2013

This book is the whole life of a farm girl from Henrietta, TN and what she did with her life. It shares all the highs and lows in her life and the final diagnosis of Alzheimer's. It is full of hard work, love of basketball and of the girls that play it, and of family. Truly inspirational.


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