North Carolina coach Roy Williams pays tribute to Tennessee legend Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt-Tennessee

Former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s name carries a lot of weight in coaching circles across the country.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams made sure to take advantage of his trip to Thompson-Boling Arena Sunday to pay tribute to the coaching legend.

“This is a pretty doggone good place,” Williams said. “When I was a kid, I had strong feelings for Tennessee. It’s right across the mountains from Ashville. One of the things I wanted to do was walk over at halftime and pat the floor with Pat Summitt’s name. That was pretty cool. Pat was a good friend, and I even brought my daughter to camp here for Pat Summitt’s camp.”

Tennessee’s basketball court is called “The Summitt” after the Lady Vols coach.

Summitt led Tennessee to 1,098 wins in her time with the Lady Vols. Tennessee won 8 national championships under her watch. She was awarded 7 national coach of the year awards in her 38 years walking the sideline. Summitt coached from 1974-2012.

Summitt’s impact went far deeper than just wins and losses on the court, though. She touched so many lives in her time on Rocky Top and positively impacted the community. Williams sending his daughter to her camp is a similar story to so many who grew up in the region.

Summitt is often given credit for raising the profile of women’s college basketball and putting on a national stage.

Williams isn’t the first coach to take a moment and honor the former Lady Vols coach. He certainly won’t be the last.

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