Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

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Overview

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.

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In 2009, when the Sporting News named the 50 Greatest Coaches of All-Time, only one woman's name was on the list: Pat Summit. The honor came as no surprise. The longtime (1974-2009) Tennessee Vols women's basketball coach is, after all, the only NCAA coach to ever amass 1,000 victories and she does have eight national championships to her credit. All those achievements fell into perspective when, in 2011, when Summit was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. This inspiring autobiography recounts the career and the life of a woman who has always continued to fight until the final buzzer. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

The New York Times Book Review - Emily Bazelon
The most gripping parts of the book are close-ups of Summitt's trying moments on the sidelines, as she willed one group of tricky players after another to come together.
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"I have admired Pat Summitt for many years. To me, she epitomizes what it means to be a coach.  Not only has she molded championship teams, but she has helped her players grow as people and always done it with class and dignity. This book gives us tremendous lessons for winning on and off the court."  
-Tony Dungy, former professional American football player and NFL coach, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon.

“Sum It Up” is absolutely incredible!  No one has coached the game any better than Pat Summitt.  Sally Jenkins has worked with Pat to produce a truly inspiring book that will benefit every reader.  Pat was a pioneer.  She has led women’s basketball over the last three decades.  As a result of her leadership, women’s basketball has achieved great heights.  I consider a true honor to call her a friend.”— Mike Krzyzewski, Head Basketball Coach, Duke University


"Basketball legend Pat Summitt recalls her life in vivid detail, describing its triumphs, both on and off the court.... With her trademark honesty and grace, Summitt reveals her fears, her early anger and astonishment, her diminishing abilities, her decision to retire, and how her faith sustains her."—USA Today

"Pat Summit was one of the best coaches ever, and one of the most enduring...She helped lift her sport out of an era in which high school girls didn't even play on a full court, saw the number of female college athletes rise from 16,000 to almost 20,000, won eight national titles, and gradduated 100 percent of the players who completed their eligibility. She did this through force of personality and, in her own telling, with a mix of love, fury and manipulation...As scandals and player lawsuits make college sports seem increasingly ruthless and suspect, Summitt is often held up as a rare example of dignity and class."
-Emily Bazelon, NY Times

"Vibrant, sprightly."
-NY Times

"Pat is a remarkable leader, lady, and Coach. One of the best of all time." 
-Rick Pitino, Head Basketball Coach, University of Louisville.

"How many times have we heard a basketball fan utter that’s “the truth” when witnessing a great play or player?  This book IS the truth, capturing the reality of challenges, the blessings of friendship and teamwork, the exhilaration of achieving excellence, and the rewards of mentorship and leadership."
-Jody Conradt, University of Texas

Kirkus Reviews
The NCAA's winningest basketball coach opens up about private and public contests that have defined her. While the title of Summitt's latest work (Reach for the Summit, 1998, etc.) is a reflection of her long career as head coach of the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols--eight national championships and 1,098 victories--the substance of this engaging memoir offers an unvarnished look at defining moments behind those incomparable achievements. In 2011, the basketball world was shocked when Summitt, one of the best strategic minds ever to grace the hardwood, revealed she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. The author tackles the elephant in the room by introducing each historically gauged chapter with snapshots of conversations, between Summitt and co-author Jenkins (co-author: In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, 2010, etc.), focused squarely on the coach's relation to her illness. Though hardly one to wallow, when asked if she would trade her championships to have her health restored, Summitt admits, "I would give back every one of my trophies to still be coaching." The bulk of the memoir demonstrates why, with detailed recollections plumbing the depths of Summitt's investment in psychological tactics used to help players reach their potential and strategies executed in key games. The author is also quick to show her human side, exploring the drive her rural upbringing and tough-love father instilled in her, the pride she feels over having raised a son, her regret over the breakup of her marriage, her struggles with rheumatoid arthritis and her sense of accomplishment over the 100 percent graduation rate of her players. Frank on sensitive subjects like the inequities women athletes have had to face, Summitt also includes many humorous and touching anecdotes involving some of the biggest names in the women's game. The master of emotional jousting on the court speaks candidly of life challenges off of it--a must-read for basketball junkies, sport fans and any whose lives have been touched by incurable illness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385346887
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 42,488
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

PAT SUMMITT became head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in 1974; since then she has achieved an astounding .843 average and won 8 national championships. She is the first coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. She lives in Tennessee with her son, Tyler. SALLY JENKINS is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller It's Not About the Bike. Her other 8 books include The Real All-Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation, and The State of Jones. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in New York City.
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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    Excellent nonfiction book, great for any sport lover. Pat Summi

    Excellent nonfiction book, great for any sport lover. Pat Summitt is the most successful women's basketball coach in all of basketball history, a must have for hoops lovers! Very well researched, written in an easy to read-entertaingn manner. Sally Jenkins (co-author) is the best sports writer alive on Earth today. Very good book, highly recommend, motivated me to instant action in my depressing-miserable life. Motivating, captivating, well written, a wonderful book.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Pat Summitt is an extraordinary coach, but most of all teacher o

    Pat Summitt is an extraordinary coach, but most of all teacher of the game and to young women. Her greatest accomplishments aren't her national championships, but of the players she has helped by being a mother figure to them and by pushing them to be the best player and person they could be. This book isn't just about her disease, but her about her life- how she was raised, her Tennessee program, and her son Tyler. How she was raised explains a lot about her, and how she coached her players. It is an important aspect to understand about Pat. This book will help you understand who Pat is, and make you appreciate the kind of woman she is. We are all extremely fortunate to have Pat on this Earth because she makes the world a better place. People might not like her and think she is mean as hell, but Pat is a woman we all should respect and this book will deepen your respect for her as it has for me.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Must buy for all sport coaches. Pat Summitt is the best womens

    Must buy for all sport coaches. Pat Summitt is the best womens coach in all of college history, she is the John Wooden (UCAL coach) of women's basketball. This book provides keen insight into her country youth, her parents were extremely tought-goal oriented people. She is a hard coach, but very successful in all areas of her life. A must buy for any coach of athletics, learned a lot about motivational tactic, goal achievement, what it takes to become a champion. AAA book.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Sum It Up, by Pat Summitt (author) with Sally Jenkins (author) w

    Sum It Up, by Pat Summitt (author) with Sally Jenkins (author) was a very good book, uplifting biography of Pat Summitt. Learned a lot about goal-achievment, how to succeed in life. Great nonfiction book for the mind, body, spirit. Pat Summitt, the women's basketball coach for the University of Tennessee is the all time victory leader for a coach in all of women's sports.

    Brutally honest portrait of what life is like as a coach, a great read for any coach, prospective coach. Superb.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Sally Jenkins (co-author) is the best sports writer on Earth tod

    Sally Jenkins (co-author) is the best sports writer on Earth today, this book is further proof of that. Very good writing, excellent content, Pat Summitt is the most winning women's baskebtall coach in all of NCAA history, this book will show you how she did it. Great biography, very insightful-packed full of useful wisdom to apply in everday life when searching for success.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    Sum It Up, by Pat Summitt (author), Sally Jenkins (author) is an

    Sum It Up, by Pat Summitt (author), Sally Jenkins (author) is an exceptional book, a complete masterpiece of a sport book!

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Pat summit

    Great book funny and sad and very touching

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Pat Summitt is and always will be a champion and a class act. Gr

    Pat Summitt is and always will be a champion and a class act. Great read.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    MUST READ FOR ANY PAST, CURRENT, FUTURE BASKEBTALL PLAYER-COACH-

    MUST READ FOR ANY PAST, CURRENT, FUTURE BASKEBTALL PLAYER-COACH-FAN!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    Fun book, like watching basketball.

    Fun book, like watching basketball.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Just loved this book, must read for anyone that enjoys womens ba

    Just loved this book, must read for anyone that enjoys womens baskteball.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I am a huge fan of all levels of basketball, so I was very inter

    I am a huge fan of all levels of basketball, so I was very interested to read this nonfiction book about basketball's all time winning coach, Pat Summitt from the University of Tennessee. It was a very good biography, motivating book, Pat Summitt is a very successful person in all areas of her life just not as a coach, so it was very interesting to read, apply that information to my own life as a motivational tool of wisdom for success. Very good book, highy recommended.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Even though I am not an avid sports fan, I decided to purchase Sum It Up after seeing Pat do an interview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. This book is beautifully written and is a tribute to Pat, her family and the colleagues and players that became a part of her extended family. These women in particular made Women's College Basketball what it is today. This most certainly would not have been possible had Pat not been raised with such great responsibility, all the while knowing that she was truly loved. She can also be proud of her finest accomplishment, her son Tyler. I wish her much love and peace and would love to meet her someday!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Excellent read.

    Having watched Pat on the sidelines on TV for many years, it was fascinating to see what made her tick. Given Pat's Alzheimer's, Sally Jenkins did a superb job pulling memories out of her. Not really a "light" read, but certainly an "easy" read. Too bad more young people don't have the work ethic she had growing up.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    MASTERPIECE, SUPERB

    MASTERPIECE, SUPERB

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    I love this story and this lady, and you will too!

    This is a courageous woman's life story of achievements, told with confidence and humility. Leading the Tennessee Lady Volunteers is Pat Summit's vocation, and makes for extremely interesting reading, evoking both laughter and tears. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    This was a terrific book --- a great story. Pat Summitt is a le

    This was a terrific book --- a great story. Pat Summitt is a legend, and deservedly so. I was inspired when I learned of her roots and her work over the years with young women. I feel so dismayed to know that her illness has cut her career short. If you admire strong, heroic woman, you will see one here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Excellent insight to the art of achievment. Pat Summitt is one

    Excellent insight to the art of achievment.

    Pat Summitt is one great motivational speaker-coach!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    A Must Read

    As a former athlete and person battling a chronic disease, I was deeply moved by this book. I highly recommend it!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Great information on how to become an excellent coach in sports-

    Great information on how to become an excellent coach in sports-life.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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