Reaction to Summitt having early onset dementia

Reaction to Tennessee coach Pat Summitt announcing she’s been

diagnosed with early onset dementia.

”It always seemed she had no vulnerability. She’s the solid

rock everyone looked up to. … I’m very happy she’s not going to

walk off the court at this point. When you have made it your life,

there needs to be transition.” – Former Texas coach Jody


”Hearing today’s news about Pat Summit’s diagnosis was numbing

to me. Pat is not only a great coach but she has been an

outstanding mentor and friend. She has shown great courage in

announcing this news. I know that she has the best support group

around her that anyone could ask for, and I know that Pat will

fight this development with the strength, spirit and determination

that she has shown throughout her Hall of Fame career.” – Stanford

coach Tara VanDerveer.

”I’ve known Coach Summitt for 23 years and there has never been

a fight that she’s backed down from. All of us who have played or

coached under her leadership, we know she will take this fight on

like she does with every task. She will do it with dignity,

toughness, courage and an unwavering commitment. Those are the same

qualities she has always expected and instilled in her players for

37 years at Tennessee.” LSU coach and former Lady Vol Nikki


”Coach Summitt you never cease to amaze me with your strength

and courage. Whenever you face adversity you tackle it head on!

True inspiration for me and one of the strongest women I know. I

love you and we will handle this together as the Lady Vols always

have, like FAMILY.” Los Angeles forward and former Tennessee

All-American Candace Parker.

”I’m definitely shocked to hear the news, but knowing Pat she

will get through this, and WE will all stand by her side through

this. She’ll face yet another obstacle with determination and will

power to live life to the fullest!” – Indiana forward and former

Tennessee All-American player Tamika Catchings.

”She’s our John Wooden. If you are a Tennessee fan or not,

there’s no denying her place in women’s basketball. … I played

for the woman. She’s as tough as nails. People think I’m tough. I’m

a pussycat compared to Pat Summitt …. Pat Summitt will fight. Pat

Summitt will be on a crusade to help people with dementia. Pat said

it best: It won’t be a pity party.” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, who

won a gold medal playing for Summitt in the 1984 Olympics.

”There is no doubt in my mind that Pat will take on this

challenge as she has all others during her Hall of Fame career –

head on. I wish her all the best.” – Connecticut coach Geno


”This hits very close to home for everybody.” – Texas coach

Gail Goestenkors.

”When you’re a basketball fan, or a person who played

basketball or someone who hopes to coach basketball and you are

from the state of Tennessee, you know who Pat Summitt is. You’ve

followed her career. You’ve learned from her. You’ve had books

signed by her. You’ve sat and listened to her many times as you

possibly can. It feels personal to everyone, though. Pat is a

powerful figure in Tennessee, but what she’s done on a nation level

to gain notoriety for the sport is amazing.” – Florida coach and

Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native Amanda Butler.

”I hope that Pat can coach as long as she wants to. She is the

best I’ve ever coached against and I have so much respect for

her.” – Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb.

”It takes great, great courage to fight health issues; it takes

even greater courage to fight them in front of the world. Pat’s

willingness to share this private battle speaks volumes about her

strength and her character. She’s modeled tenacity and endurance

and optimism and faith for generations of athletes on the court. I

know those athletes, we coaches, women’s basketball fans, and

sports fans in general will join in returning those gifts to her

during this time of need.” – Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale.

”She’s a classy lady and we’ll be praying for her and her

family. She’s just all class. That’s all you can say. She’s always

helped with anything I’ve needed, and if she needs me she knows

I’ll be there.” – Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell.

”When I heard about Coach Summitt, I was stunned. Pat Summitt

transcends her sport. She is more than just a coach & a leader

in her field.” Kentucky coach John Calipari.

”We are all part of a big family that has always had a

tradition of rallying around our own. Well, put on your rally hat,

and let’s be supportive and positive towards a coach who has paved

the road for so many of us!” – Arizona State coach Charli Turner


”Heartbreaking news on Pat Summitt. A true pioneer, role model

and champion in the game of women’s basketball.” – California

coach Lindsay Gottlieb.

”When you play and try to beat Tennessee you demonstrate your

respect for the excellence and competitiveness that Pat Head Summit

has built at Tennessee and for the sport of women’s basketball.

Coach Summitt is one of the ultimate competitors in the history of

sport. We all wish her the best as she faces the challenge.” –

DePaul coach Doug Bruno.

”Pat Summitt’s name is synonymous with women’s basketball, and

the WBCA family is saddened by the news of her diagnosis. I use the

term `family’ in the most sincere way, because even though the

women’s basketball coaching community may seem dysfunctional at

times, we are a family and take care of our own. Regardless of our

differences, we always come together, rally around and support each

other in moments like these.” – Women’s Basketball Coaching

Association CEO Beth Bass.

”Pat is a strong woman and has been a role model for so many

people throughout many years. There is no doubt that, regardless of

her diagnosis, she will continue to inspire. My heart and prayers

are with Pat, Tyler, and the entire Lady Vol family.” – North

Carolina State coach Kelly Harper, whose maiden name is Kellie

Jolly, played on three national championship squads at


”Coach Summitt has been an important contributor to USA

Basketball at every level – as a player on multiple USA teams

including the historic 1976 U.S. Olympic Team; as an Olympic and

World Championship gold medal coach for the United States; and as a

valued contributor to many USA Basketball committees. The

outpouring of support and well wishes speaks volumes to how

treasured and highly regarded Coach Summit is thought of, and USA

Basketball wishes her the very best.” – USA Basketball

CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley.

”As players, we’re going to support her 100 percent. She was

there for me when I was going through situations with my family and

health and things like that and I’m going to definitely be there

for her.” – Chicago Sky forward and former Tennessee All-American

Michelle Snow.