Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

by Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins

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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 broke records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.
She owed 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 was a role model for the many women she 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 continued to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other—with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385347051
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 132,559
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PAT SUMMITT became head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in 1974; since then she achieved an astounding .843 average and won 8 national championships. She was the first coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. She lived 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.

Table of Contents

1 Footprints in the Sand 3

2 Country Girl 23

3 Miss Chi Omega 55

4 Olympian 89

5 Bridesmaid and Bride 119

6 Professional Woman 157

7 Working Mother 193

8 Champion, Part I 227

9 Champion, Part II 263

10 Single Mother 297

11 Patient 339

Where Some of Them Are Now 377

Appendix 383

Acknowledgments 389

Photograph Credits 391

Index 393

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