Pat Summitt became head coach of women's basketball at Tennessee in 1974, and won more national championships than any coach since the legendary John Wooden. She was a sought-after motivational speaker for such companies as Proctor & Gamble and Kodak. She and her husband, R.B., lived in Knoxville with their son, Tyler.
Sally Jenkins is the author of Men Will Be Boys. A veteran sports reporter whose work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, she has worked for the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated and is now at Cond Nast Sports for Women.
"If you want to understand what makes a champion, in any field or
on any level, read Pat Summitt's story."
--John Feinstein, author of A March to Madness
Pat Summitt is "a genius of a coach."
--New York Times "[Pat Summitt is] one of the best coaches in basketball history--male, female, college or pro. . . . [She has] an extraordinary combination of grit and tenderness."
--USA Weekend "If you want to learn about winning and the elements for success, Pat Summitt can provide all the data to tell you how to win at any level. To put it in Vitalese, she is awesome, baby, with a capital A."
--Dick Vitale, ESPN sports commentator "As a manager and master motivator, Pat Summitt transcends sports. The most experienced CEO can learn from her contagious work ethic and ingenious methods."
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One-Minute Manager Runaway New York Times Business Bestseller