Friends, fans pay tribute to Pat Summitt one-year after her death



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Friends, fans pay tribute to Pat Summitt one-year after her death

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Former NCAA basketball coach Pat Summitt is presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during an East Room event May 29, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

What a miserable year it’s been without Pat Summitt.

Wednesday marks one-year since legendary basketball coach passed away after a five-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Summitt served as the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach from 1974 until she retired in 2012 as a result of being diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2011. Summitt passed away on June 28, 2016 at the age of 64. 

A year after her death, the former Tennessee women’s basketball coach still leads all NCAA Division I coaches with 1,098 career wins. Behind Summitt is Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. 

Summitt’s accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the Naismith Coach of the 20th Century in 2000, a gold medal from coaching the U.S. women’s national team in the 1984 Olympics and a silver medal when she played on the U.S. women’s national team in the 1976 Olympics.

In her 38 years at Tennessee, Summitt  led the Lady Vols to eight NCAA Division I titles, 16 SEC Tournament Titles and 16 SEC regular season titles.

Former Tennessee players Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and the Atlanta Dream guard Meighan Simmons reflected on how Summitt influenced their basketball careers as a coach and mentor on the one-year anniversary of her passing.

Friends and sports fans from all team affiliations wrote messages about how they missed Summitt and the impact she left on Wednesday.

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