Even in retirement, Pat Summitt continues to collect trophies.
The former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, the winningest coach in NCAA history (male or female) 2013 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s College Basketball Award winner, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.
Summit will receive the award at a March 19, 2013 ceremony in Atlanta.
“If it’s possible to be both proud and humbled at the same time, I am at being named as the winner of the 2013 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s College Basketball Award,” Summitt said in a statement. “Any award associated with the name Naismith is a special award, and I look forward to receiving it in Atlanta next March. I have always enjoyed my association with the Atlanta Tipoff Club and have appreciated all they have done to grow and promote the game of basketball.”
Summitt coached the Lady Vols for 38 seasons and retired after 2011-12 with a career record of 1,098-208. Her teams won eight national championship and 16 Southeastern Conference titles. She won the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year five times.
“It’s hard to imagine what women’s college basketball would be today had Pat not been the pioneer that she was,” Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director, said. “Her contributions, both on and off the court, embody the very meaning of this award and her imprint on the sport will live on forever.”
The award has been presented annually since 1999 to “whose extraordinary efforts have made contributions of outstanding significance and have created a long-lasting positive impact on the game of basketball. The recipients display character, integrity and dignity, and have contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of basketball.”