PAT SUMMITT became head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in 1974; since then she has achieved an astounding .843 average and won 8 national championships. She is the first coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. She lives in Tennessee with her son, Tyler. SALLY JENKINS is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller It's Not About the Bike. Her other 8 books include The Real All-Americans- The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation, and The State of Jones. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in New York City.
"I have admired Pat Summitt for many years. To me, she
epitomizes what it means to be a coach. Not only has she molded
championship teams, but she has helped her players grow as people
and always done it with class and dignity. This book gives us
tremendous lessons for winning on and off the court."
-Tony Dungy, former professional American football player and NFL coach, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon.
"Sum It Up" is absolutely incredible! No one has coached the game any better than Pat Summitt. Sally Jenkins has worked with Pat to produce a truly inspiring book that will benefit every reader. Pat was a pioneer. She has led women's basketball over the last three decades. As a result of her leadership, women's basketball has achieved great heights. I consider a true honor to call her a friend."-- Mike Krzyzewski, Head Basketball Coach, Duke University
"Basketball legend Pat Summitt recalls her life in vivid detail, describing its triumphs, both on and off the court.... With her trademark honesty and grace, Summitt reveals her fears, her early anger and astonishment, her diminishing abilities, her decision to retire, and how her faith sustains her."--USA Today "Pat Summit was one of the best coaches ever, and one of the most enduring...She helped lift her sport out of an era in which high school girls didn't even play on a full court, saw the number of female college athletes rise from 16,000 to almost 20,000, won eight national titles, and gradduated 100 percent of the players who completed their eligibility. She did this through force of personality and, in her own telling, with a mix of love, fury and manipulation...As scandals and player lawsuits make college sports seem increasingly ruthless and suspect, Summitt is often held up as a rare example of dignity and class."
-Emily Bazelon, NY Times "Vibrant, sprightly."
-NY Times "Pat is a remarkable leader, lady, and Coach. One of the best of all time."
-Rick Pitino, Head Basketball Coach, University of Louisville. "How many times have we heard a basketball fan utter that's "the truth" when witnessing a great play or player? This book IS the truth, capturing the reality of challenges, the blessings of friendship and teamwork, the exhilaration of achieving excellence, and the rewards of mentorship and leadership."
-Jody Conradt, University of Texas