April 04, 2004

After 30 years, Summitt hasn't slowed down

Pat Summitt, Tennessee Her name is synonymous with women's college basketball. And success.

In 30 seasons at Tennessee, Pat Summitt has built a college basketball dynasty. Her program ranks among the best in both the men's and women's games.

With six national titles and a record 15 trips to the Final Four, the 51-year-old Summitt already has been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Summitt was chosen the Naismith Coach of the Year on Tuesday, the same day the Vols earned their third consecutive trip to the Final Four with a 62-60 victory over Stanford.

Hired by Tennessee at age 22, Summitt has compiled a 851-166 record, reaching 800 victories faster than any basketball coach in history. She joined legendary men's coaches Dean Smith (879), Adolph Rupp (876), Jim Phelan (830) and Clarence 'Big House' Gaines (828) in the 800 club last season.

Summitt has guided the Vols to 23 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, the same number as Smith.

The Vols are 30-3, the 14th time Summitt's team has reached 30 victories. While many are anticipating a repeat championship matchup between the Vols and Connecticut, which has knocked Tennessee out of the tournament three of the past four years, Summitt dismissed the speculation.

"The only team I want a shot at right now is LSU," she said.

Summitt by the numbers

Career record: 851-166

Tournament record: 84-16

Final Four appearances: 15

National titles: 6

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