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.” Summitt is the son of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt.He married his high school girlfriend An De Ragsdale on June 1, 2013, and Louisiana Tech hired Summitt in April 2014 after two seasons as assistant coach at Marquette.Here are the things people will be saying about Pat Summitt for generations: That she is the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history; that she brought eight NCAA National Championships home to Knoxville, more than any other women’s coach; that she medaled in the Olympics as both a player and a coach; that she graduated 100 percent of the players who completed eligibility with the Lady Vols; that she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President Obama.

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On and on the cycle has gone for 38 years, with Pat Summitt elevating everyone around her.

The first time I met her in person, I was at a summer basketball camp in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Somehow he knew I was never going to grow out of any of those things, and he also knew I was going to need a hero to get me through.

Last week, when Pat Summitt announced that she was stepping down as the University of Tennessee head coach after 38 years, due to her very public early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it felt an awful lot like being punched in the heart.

She has changed the very nature of women’s athletics.

As for me, the closeted little gay girl with gangly arms and dirt under her fingernails, Summitt once wrote: “When you chose to be a competitor, you choose to be a survivor.”And so I survived.

Now 25, Summitt went 16-15 in his first season and 14-16 this season.

Louisiana Tech said Summitt’s resignation was accepted and effective immediately.

She became the kind of coach she wanted to be, and the entire sport of women’s basketball came along with her.