The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt

The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt

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With 1,098 wins and eight national championships, Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt has left a remarkable legacy of perseverance, leadership, and passion for the game—but her victories on the court aren't the only legacy she has left in her wake.

Since the beginning of her career as Lady Vol head coach at twenty-two years old, Pat Head Summitt effectively established the University of Tennessee Lady Vols as the top women's athletics program in the nation. The winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball, Summitt overcame one obstacle after another on the road to every victory, but it is the lives she has impacted along the way that tell the story of her true legacy. Forever a role model for young women, expecting nothing but the best from her players and from those around her, her legacy has never faltered—not even during her final season as head coach, when she faced her fiercest adversary yet: the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

In The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt, Maria M. Cornelius tells the story of her final coaching season through the eyes of those who know her best, from players to support staff to Summitt's closest friends and advisors. Beginning with the diagnosis that shook the Tennessee community in the summer of 2011 and continuing through to the final game of the 2011–12 season, The Final Season presents readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the conclusion of Summitt's coaching career, detailing from the perspective of a sports writer how her diagnosis impacted her players and her staff as well as her fans.

With forewords by former Lady Vol Candace Parker and Swish Appeal editor Mike Robinson, The Final Season reveals how Summitt's remarkable story of perseverance not only united a team of young women but also brought an entire sports following together, revealing an incredible support system that spanned far beyond Summitt's Tennessee community. The coach's determined spirit, selfless love, and sense of humor shine through the pages of Cornelius's book, painting for readers the picture of a beloved leader and detailing the personal moments of defeat and triumph that make Summitt a true champion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621902720
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Edition description: 1st Edition
Sales rank: 419,800
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARIA M. CORNELIUS has written about the Lady Vols basketball program since 1998 for local, regional and national media. A freelance writer for Inside Tennessee, Cornelius lives in Knoxville and continues to cover the program. She works full-time as a writer/editor for Moxley Carmichael, a leading public relations and communications firm in East Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Foreword Condace Parker xiii

Foreword Mike Robinson xv

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Announcement 9

Chapter 2 Spring and Summer 2011 15

Chapter 3 The Class of 2012 21

Chapter 4 Basketball Begins 29

Chapter 5 Vicki Baugh 35

Chapter 6 Practice Begins 41

Chapter 7 SEC Media Day 47

Chapter 8 Knoxville Media Day 53

Chapter 9 The 2011-12 Season Begins 57

Chapter 10 Manifestation of Dementia 61

Chapter 11 Angie Bjorklund 65

Chapter 12 Candace Parker 73

Chapter 13 Coast to Coast 79

Chapter 14 California Bound 89

Chapter 15 Back to Work 95

Chapter 16 Healing Power of Humor 101

Chapter 17 SEC Season 105

Chapter 18 Trip to South Bend 115

Chapter 19 Season of Adjustment 121

Chapter 20 SEC Battles 131

Chapter 21 Regular Season Winds Down 145

Chapter 22 Senior Day 157

Chapter 23 Pat Summitt's Bodyguard 165

Chapter 24 The Lady Vol Invitational 173

Chapter 25 SEC Tournament Championship 187

Chapter 26 Practice and Rest 195

Chapter 27 Selection Show 201

Chapter 28 NCAA Tourney Time 209

Chapter 29 Success in Chicago 215

Chapter 30 Posts Ready for Postseason 223

Chapter 31 Media Day in Des Moines 227

Chapter 32 Sweet 16 233

Chapter 33 Elite Eight 239

Chapter 34 The Final Post-Game 247

Chapter 35 Eve of Announcement 255

Chapter 36 End of an Era 259

Chapter 37 Pat XO 269

Chapter 38 Pat Summitt's Final Championship 277

Chapter 39 The Legacy 285

Afterword 297

Acknowledgments 301

Index 303

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