KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Legendary University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt has died, the Associated Press reported. She was 64.
Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, won eight NCAA National Championships in her 38-year career at Tennessee. She was forced to step down as coach due to early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type in 2012.
She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville, the Associated Press reported.
Tyler's statement said "since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type' ... and we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."
"Pat Summitt is our John Wooden," Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey told USA Today. "No matter how many national championships (other coaches) win, there will never be another Pat."
Summitt, a Tennessee native, was the daughter of a dairy and tobacco farmer. She was an All-America basketball player at the University of Tennessee-Martin and won a silver medal on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. When Summitt coached the USA to gold at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, she became the first in U.S. Olympic basketball history to play on and coach medal-winning teams, USA Today reported.
She married R.B. Summitt in 1980, had a son a decade later and divorced in 2007.