University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt passed away on Tuesday (June 28, 2016) after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
According to her son, the beloved coach was surrounded by her family and a few former players, who flew in from around the country to be with her.
Summitt was hired in 1974 as the Lady Vols head coach at 22. She resigned from her coaching job in 2012, one year after going public with her diagnosis of early-onset dementia.
“I think it is what it is,” Summitt told People in February 2013. “I didn’t want to hear it [the diagnosis]. But it was reality, you know. You don’t want to run away from it. For me, it’s very important to keep living my life.”