It's been reported that Athletics Director Tommy McClelland will introduce Tyler Summitt as the latest head coach of the Louisiana Tech women's basketball team. Summitt, son of legendary Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt, is to become the sixth head coach in Lady Techster history.
A press conference in the Jarrell Room of the Charles Wyly Athletic Center is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, and is open to all Louisiana Tech fans. Media has been asked to arrive and get set up by 11:45 a.m.
Tyler Summitt, 23, played two seasons at University of Tennessee, and went on to serve as a student assistant coach under his mother Pat for the Lady Vols. Summitt then worked as an assistant coach under Terri Mitchell at Marquette for two seasons, overseeing the team's offense.
The storied Lady Techsters program has won 3 National Championships and has competed in 13 Final Fours, 23 Sweet Sixteens and 27 NCAA tournaments. The Lady Techsters have included 3 Wade Trophy winners, 5 olympic medalists, 6 members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, 16 All-Americans and 21 WNBA players. The program boasts an all-time record of 1029–247, with a .806 winning percentage, which is the second-best all-time winning percentage of any NCAA Division I program.
Here's a clip entitled The Pat Summitt Story: Tyler and Pat Summitt:
Fans took to Twitter regarding Summitt's new coaching gig:
— Michelle Marciniak (@mmarciniak3) April 1, 2014
Wow!!! Congrats to @tylersummitt head coach at LA Tech!!!! Hopefully this will continue to open the door for future young coaches :)!!
— Armintie Herrington (@Armintie) April 1, 2014
— Donald Page (@donaldppage) April 1, 2014
Tyler Summitt is ready. Congrats to the boy I used to whup in table hockey on getting the La Tech job. #soproud
— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) April 1, 2014
Tyler Summitt posted to Twitter, possibly referring to his new job:
We must be secure enough to recognize somebody else's good idea, implement it into our system & give that person credit.
— Tyler Summitt (@tylersummitt) March 31, 2014
Pat Summitt, 61, presently serves as the head coach emeritus of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball program, and holds the all-time record for wins for a coach in NCAA basketball history, for either a men's or women's team in any division. During her tenure from 1974 to 2012, Summitt won eight NCAA national championships, and is the only coach in NCAA history with over 1,000 victories. In August 2011, Summitt announced that she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and stepped down from head coaching duties.
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