Monday, January 28, 2013
Lady Vols hang banner in Summitt's honor
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt already had the Thompson-Boling Arena court named after her. Now she also has a banner hanging from the rafters in her honor.
Tennessee unveiled the banner Monday before the ninth-ranked Lady Vols' game with No. 2 Notre Dame.
Summitt waved to the crowd as she headed onto the court with athletic director Dave Hart, her mother and future daughter-in-law. After a video detailing Summitt's career achievements aired on the scoreboard, Tennessee coach Holly Warlick walked over from the Lady Vols' bench to embrace Summitt. Warlick played for Summitt and worked as an assistant on her staff for 27 seasons.
The entire Tennessee team as well as former Lady Vol greats Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Michelle Marciniak and Candace Parker then gathered around Summitt in front of the banner before it was raised to the rafters.
Summitt stepped down in April after leading Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances in 38 seasons. She posted a career record of 1,098-208, giving her the most wins of any Division I men's or women's basketball coach. She announced in 2011 that she has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Summitt remains on staff as head coach emeritus.