• Sum It Up

  • A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
  • By: Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Sally Jenkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (581 ratings)

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Sum It Up

By: Pat Head Summitt,Sally Jenkins
Narrated by: Sally Jenkins
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Publisher's summary

Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named Sports Illustrated "Sportswoman of the Year".

She owes her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She is a role model for the many women she's coached; 74 of her players have become coaches.

Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their 16th SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continues to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other - with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.

©2013 Pat Head Summitt (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"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 number-one New York Times best-selling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon)

"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)  

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