Former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt’s memoir, Sum it Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective, is now available.
Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of the women’s game, once again teamed with co-author Sally Jenkins (Reach for the Summitt, Raise the Roof) to tell her story.
Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach at Tennessee. For 38 years, she broke records, winning more games and national championships (eight) than any coach in women’s basketball. 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 chosen 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.
Summitt’s life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects five million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Summitt 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.
Get an excerpt of the book here.