Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt has passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, her family announced in a statement on Tuesday.
The news comes a few days after it was revealed that Summitt had been joined by family, friends and former players at the retirement home she had been living at since January.
Her son Tyler called his mother a “hero and a mentor” in his statement on her passing, and Tennessee director of women’s athletics Joan Cronan remembered her as “the most courageous person [she’s] ever known.”
“As you know I worked with Pat for over 30 years,” Cronan said. “People would refer to me as her boss and I always remarked, Pat Summitt has no boss. She was the ultimate leader who led by example with strength, character and integrity but also with care. She loved her family and players with a fierceness equalled only by that renowned stare of hers.”
Several women’s basketball players and coaches took to Twitter to remember the Lady Vols legend:
Pat Summitt was a true pioneer in every sense of the word. One of the Greatest of All Time to ever stand on a sideline. Thank you for teaching so many girls and young women the only real limits are the ones we put on ourselves!! #rip #patsummit #legend #tennessee #ladyvols #ncaaw #wnba #girlpower #girlgotgame
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Thoughts And Prayers With The Summit Family And All The Players She Inspired. RIP Pat Summit— Epiphanny Prince (@Piphdagreat10) June 28, 2016
The breadth of your impact on people and women's basketball is unmeasurable❤️ 🏀 Thank You Pat Summitt— Katie Smith (@katiesmith30) June 28, 2016
This is a sad day in the basketball community. Thank you Pat Summitt for everything you've done for our game.— Lindsey Harding (@Lindsey_Harding) June 28, 2016
Pat Summitt changed the game in so many ways. She broke records and set the standard. Rest in Peace Pat, prayers to her family & friends 🙏🏽— Kiah Stokes (@kstokes41) June 28, 2016
RIP Coach Pat Summit 🙏🏾 you set the standard for the women's game of basketball and your legacy will always live on. 🏀🏀🏀— Allison Hightower (@alleycat23) June 28, 2016
Former Denver Broncos and Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, who was close with Summitt, also shared his thoughts.
Coaches and players from other programs posted tributes as well.
My heart is broken .... R.I.P Pat Summit To a legend you will be missed so much. The basketball world loves you and will miss you dearly ❤️— Khadijah Sessions (@Ksessions_05) June 28, 2016
A giant has left our world. Pat Summit set the standard for all present day Bball coaches. There will never be another. Prayers up!!— Lisa Boyer (@Coachboyer) June 28, 2016
A sad day in my life and the entire WBB community-Pat Summit thank you for sharing your passion and love for the game with all of us. 🙏🏾🙏🏾— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) June 28, 2016
Dang Pat Summitt too!! Wow man!! We definitely lost a legend!! Loved her as a coach and person!! Prayers out to her family this a.m.— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) June 28, 2016
Our deepest condolences to the families of two of the greatest minds in sports, Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 28, 2016
Our hearts go out this morning to the families and friends of two sports legends and innovators, Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) June 28, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of two very inspiring coaches: Pat Summitt & Buddy Ryan.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) June 28, 2016
During her 38-year career as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, Summitt amassed 1,098 wins, the most ever for a college basketball coach.