Summitt to receive Gerald R. Ford Award
The honors continue to pile up for Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt.
One day after Sports Illustrated announced that Summitt was selected as the magazine’s Sportswoman of the Year, the NCAA said Summitt will receive the 2012 Gerald R. Ford Award.
Summitt, who holds the all-time record for careers wins – men or women – with 1,075, will be honored as a person who has been an advocate for college athletics over the course of his or her career.
She has led the Lady Volunteers to eight NCAA championships, second only to UCLA’s John Wooden.
In August, Summitt announced that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia. She said she would continue coaching and is in her 38th season with the program.
Summitt will be honored at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis on Jan. 12.