47 Remarkable Pat Summitt Quotes

47 Remarkable Pat Summitt Quotes

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Pat Summit is the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. She is a native to the state and attended the University of Tennessee where she herself played basketball. She went on to play for the USA team in the 1976 Summer Olympics. Nearly 10 years later, in 1984, she coached the U.S. Women’s basketball team to an Olympic gold medal win. She still resides in Knoxville with her family.

“Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.”

“Class is more important than a game.”

“Combine practice with belief.”

“Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks; and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer’s disease.”

“Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.”

“Everyone thinks we might curl up and die, both programs. I don’t think it’s going to happen, so put away your hankies.”

“God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly.”

“Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.”

“Handle Success Like You Handle Failure. You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.”

“I can remember trying to coach, trying to figure out schemes, and it just wasn’t coming to me.”

“I didn’t leave her there for long. When a player makes a mistake, you always want to put them back in quickly—you don’t just berate them and sit them down with no chance for redemption.”

“I didn’t say a lot. I didn’t throw anything. That’s not my style. I did think about it though.”

“I don’t give out compliments easily.”

“I don’t want to sit around the house. I want to be out there. I want to go to practice. I want to be in the huddles. That’s me.”

“I hate to sound this way but, ‘Why me? Why me with dementia?”‘

“I learned so much from Sue about the X’s and O’s of the game of basketball.”

“I think with the players who have been here, regardless of whether they’ve been in that No. 1 position, that’s what we’re always trying to be — the best team.”

“I won 1,098 games, and eight national championships, and coached in four different decades. But what I see are not the numbers. I see their faces.”

“I’d wake up in the morning and I would think, ‘Where am I?’ I’d have to gather myself.”

“If it doesn’t bother you, it won’t bother them.”

“If you want to be in the game you better shoot 75% from the line.”

“I’m interested to see where a combination of faith and science will take me.”

“In the absence of feedback, people will fill in the blanks with a negative. They will assume you don’t care about them or don’t like them.”

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.”

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.”

“I’ve got a great staff and great support system, and I’m going to stick my neck out and do what I always do.”

“Kay very calmly and sweetly said, “You know, Pat, how much better do you think Lea Henry and Cindy Noble are going to get at this point?” She was saying ease up—it’s enough. I had reached
the point of diminishing returns. “I think they are both trying really hard to please you, but how much more can they possibly do?” she said. “I just wonder if you’ve really thought about that.’”

“Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.”

“Losing the way we lost is unacceptable in this program. We will learn from it.”

“Make Winning an Attitude.”

“Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.”

“Obviously, this was a tough battle for both teams. A great basketball game I’m sure to watch, a challenging one to play in and coach.”

“Our philosophy has always been you better pack your defense and your board work on the road. Because those ugly nights and those poor shooting nights — you just have to grind games out.
Today, we just had to grind it out.”

“Our team respects Texas. They have beaten us four in a row and beat us by 10 last year in Knoxville. We were not surprised.”

“Parker has been handling the ball and bringing it up the floor, running some point as well. Ideally we’d like her closer to the basket, but it’s not like she has to stay on the perimeter.”

“Rebounding wins championships, you need to emphasize it and work with kids on it.”

“See yourself as self employed.”

“Silence is a form of communication, too. Sometimes less is more.”

“Sit up straight, listen and participate.”

“Someday, I suppose I’ll give up, and sit in the rocking chair. But I’ll probably be rocking fast, because I don’t know what I’ll do without a job.”

“Teamwork doesn’t come naturally. It must be taught.”

“There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable.”

“We feel like we get everybody’s best shot because we’re Tennessee, but we have to learn how to give everybody our best shot.”

“What this tells me is that facts are only the smallest components of memory.”

“When she took off, I thought she’s going to try to dunk the ball. I was good with it. I thought she just committed to it a little too early.”

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you.’”

“You have to make shots. That’s the bottom line.”