Pat Summitt: Where Does She Rank Among Greatest Coaches Ever?

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Pat Summitt: Where Does She Rank Among Greatest Coaches Ever?
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Pat Summitt was hit with life-altering news recently. The legendary coach has early-onset dementia, but she plans to continue coaching the Lady Vols. The decision is hardly surprising considering the love, passion and dedication she has shown for 37 seasons. 

The legendary coach plans on using mental exercises and medication to counter the effects that come with dementia. Eventually, the disease will lead to Alzheimer's, a disease Summitt's grandmother had.

There will be changes in memory and cognitive ability. None of that will wear on her resolve though. Summitt plans on coaching well into her 38th season, building on a resume that is far too long to fully appreciate. 

The assistant coaches will do a great deal of the heavy lifting as the Summitt era at Tennessee continues. Instead of plays, she will be teaching her women about courage, and she will be doing it by example. 

You see, Summitt is a head coach. That is her calling. You cannot expect her to cut off a piece of who she is. The reason she has excelled for so long is that coaching is a part of her very being. 

Proof to that point, she is going to continue her public life as the face of Lady Vols basketball. When others would slink into the life of a hermit, Summit proclaims that nothing will change who she is. 

She is a head coach to the very nature of her soul, and that is what she share with the next individuals. Summitt leads a long list of great coaches that have made the sports world special because they at one time touched it. 

On a day filled with sadness, it is important to celebrate the things that make Summitt a marvel. She is not done writing her legacy, and that is precisely why we should celebrate it. 

Here is a rundown of the best coaches in sports, a list that Summitt has inspired. 

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