U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) joined Tennesseans in celebrating UT Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt on her 1,000th career victory, making Summitt the winningest head coach in Division I basketball history, men’s or women’s. On Thursday, Feb. 5, in Knoxville, the Lady Vols defeated Georgia by a score of 73 to 43.
“Pat Summitt is so good at winning, she’s made it look easy,” Alexander said. “But her success goes further than the court. When I was the president of the University of Tennessee, I would tell everyone that Pat Summitt and her teams not only won games but their players graduated. She not only requires players to go to class, she makes them sit in the front row. Coach Summitt and her team are the best possible advertisement for the University of Tennessee. They make all of us very proud.”
“After 35 years and eight national titles, Pat Summitt now has her 1,000th win and with it a record that is unsurpassed in Division 1 college basketball,” Corker said. “We are all tremendously proud of the contributions she has made to the University of Tennessee, to the game of basketball, and, most importantly, to the young women she has coached over the years, preparing them for success both on the court and in life. I join Tennesseans today in celebrating Pat’s historic career and look forward to the many more achievements yet to come.”