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“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,” Summitt said in a statement issued through Louisiana Tech.“My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships.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.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.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.
Not just because I preferred overalls to dresses and basketballs to dolls — but because I preferred girls to boys.
In the early days of her coaching career, she did the team’s laundry, drove the team’s bus, taught physical education classes, and rehabbed an injured knee by herself in the gym late at night so she’d have a shot at making the United States Olympic team.
There was no towering figure of feminism and athleticism for Summitt to look up to when she was a growing up.
Most girls simply did not go to college on athletic scholarships.
But in her quest for personal excellence, Summitt was instrumental in changing all of that.