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Pat Summitt Retires: Lady Vols Coach Holds Records That Will Never Be Broken

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 08:  Head coach Pat Summitt of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers celebrates cutting down the net after their 64-48 win against the Stanford Cardinal during the National Championsip Game of the 2008 NCAA Women's Final Four at St. Pete Times Forum April 8, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 19, 2012

Pat Summitt shocked the world yesterday when she announced she would be stepping down from her role as head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team.

She coached the Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012 and will go down as one of the greatest coaches—at any level and of any gender—in history.

Along the way, Summit amassed numerous accolades and put her name in the record books for many different feats, including winning eight national championships.

Let’s take a look at some of the other ones that will not be broken for a long time, if they ever do.


Most NCAA Final Four Appearances (18)

The second-closest team on this list is Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad. The Huskies only made it this far into the tournament 13 times while Summitt took her Lady Vols here a ridiculous 18 times.

It’s definitely a testament to her greatness.

Most NCAA D-1 Postseason Wins (109)

The fact that Summitt has 109 wins in playoff games is insane when you consider that no other program has even competed in 100 postseason contests.

This record just shows how consistent she was in guiding her teams through the regular season with great poise and then dominating when the stakes were raised.


Most NCAA D-1 Basketball Wins (1,098)

Summitt breaks the gender barrier with this record. The closest coaches behind her are legends who will never be forgotten. Mike Krzyewski, Bob Knight, Jim Boeheim, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma are some of the greats in her shadow. 

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