That kicked off a long list of "firsts" and "bests" racked up by college's all-time winningest coach — of a Division I men's or women's team. Her total of 1,098 wins and eight national titles as coach of the Lady Vols landed her at No. 11 (and the only woman) on the Sporting News's ranking of the 50 greatest coaches of all time, in all sports.
The Lady Vols made it to the 2012 NCAA tournament's "Elite Eight," fulfilling Summitt's vow not to make her final season a "pity party." And she maintained that focus, releasing a memoir ("Sum It Up") that was moving but not maudlin in discussing basketball, and also her six miscarriages, divorce after 27 years of marriage and more recent struggle with dementia.