By Michael Eldridge | @DFWSportsMike
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington Athletic Department joins the University of Tennessee and the world of basketball in mourning the loss of legendary coach Pat Summitt, who passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 64.
"Summitt served as head coach of the Lady Volunteers for 38 seasons and recorded an astounding overall record of 1,098-208 (.840)," according to UTSports.com. "She made the UT program known and respected worldwide for its standard of excellence."
Summitt's influence reached far beyond the court as she mentored many and was an ambassador, and a trailblazer, for the game of basketball.
"Summitt has been that one woman coach that every younger coach has tried to model and emulate," UT Arlington women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich said. "She has touched so many in her short time here on Earth. Her confidence, poise and grace are all things that I truly admired about her, and that's not even mentioning the knowledge and passion she had for the game.
"Pat also never thought she was bigger than the game or the University of Tennessee. She constantly tried to help those of us just entering the game and those of us trying to climb the ladder. She will forever be an icon and pioneer for women's basketball, she is gone way too soon. The entire women's basketball community has heavy, heavy hearts this morning."
UT Arlington associate head coach Kristin Cole faced off against Summitt on the court as a player at Notre Dame, and as a coach.
"My heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened by the passing of coach Summitt," Cole said. "She had an profound and lasting impact on the game, and on women's sports in general. She was a pioneer, a legend who transcended the game. She was brilliant, passionate, intense and the ultimate competitor. What I will always remember most about Pat is the impact she had on others, particularly her players who she loved deeply. We lost a legend today."
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