Friday, February 6, 2009

Pat Summitt Becomes First Division One Coach With 1,000 Wins


Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers ladies basketball team became the first Division 1 college basketball coach to win 1,000 games. Her career record at Tennessee is 1,000 wins and only 187 losses in 35 seasons. Here's an excerpt from an article on NYTimes.com:

"Pat Summitt, the women’s basketball coach, won her 1,000th game, which many feel is a milestone that will not be reached by another college basketball coach. The chant "One thousand" from the crowd of 16,058 started with 40 seconds to play. When the horn sounded in a 73-43 win over Georgia, orange and white streamers fell from the ceiling, and the throng roared again.

Summitt, who grew up on a Tennessee farm and was hired when she was only 22 years old, beamed with pride on the sideline as players and officials from the university and the Southeastern Conference surrounded her and offered congratulations. Summitt’s teams have won eight national championships and she improved her overall record at Tennessee to 1,000-187 in almost 35 seasons.

“Never ever did I think I would coach this long, never did I envision this program winning 1,000 games,” Summitt said. “The fact this program was the first to do it is a great source of pride.”

Summitt stood on the floor of Thompson-Boling Arena to receive plaques and paintings and jewelry, all while thanking the players and assistant coaches who helped her toward the milestone. Summitt’s star will be the first on a Riverwalk along the Tennessee River near here, and it will go with the street that bears her name a block away."

To continue reading this article, go to this page on NYTimes.com

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