Sad news came out of Knoxville, Tennessee today as Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Pat Summitt announced that she had been diagnosed in recent months with early stages of dementia (Alzheimer's Disease).
Summitt, 59, has been the head coach at the University of Tennessee since 1974, winning a remarkable 84% of games coached and leading the Lady Vols to 16 conference championships while winning eight national titles, with the most recent coming in 2008.
Coach Summitt was a member of the 1976 Olympic silver winning woman's basketball team and lead the USA to the Gold medal in the 1984 games. She was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post wrote a great piece this afternoon detailing the latest development in Coach Summitt's life and how she wishes to continue coaching for as long as she is able.
Best wishes and thoughts are with Coach Summitt and the University of Tennessee as she deals with the disease.