Tyler Summitt has stepped down as head coach at Louisiana Tech for “engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love,” the school announced Thursday.
In his two seasons with Louisiana Tech, Summitt compiled a 30–31 record with a sixth place finish in the Conference USA last season.
Before arriving in Ruston, Summitt was an assistant coach at Marquette under Terri Mitchell.
Summit, 25, issued the following statement:
“It is with great regret that I resign from my position as head coach of the women's basketball program at Louisiana Tech University. I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most. My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships. I am appreciative of the opportunity I was given to coach at Louisiana Tech. I am heartbroken that my time has ended in Ruston, but because of my respect for the institution, it is best that I resign. I am hopeful the media and the public will respect the privacy of my family and me as we deal with this difficult situation I have caused.”
The nature of the relationship was not disclosed.
His mother, legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, won 1,098 games and eight national championships with the Lady Vols from 1974 to 2012.
Louisiana Tech will immediately begin the process of selecting a new head coach.
- Chris Chavez