Is Pat Summitt the greatest NCAA basketball coach of all time? | The Tylt
Is Pat Summitt the greatest NCAA basketball coach of all time?
Coaching women or coaching men, the only thing that matters is winning. Pat Summitt did plenty of that at Tennessee. There has been no greater coach in the NCAA history than Pat Summitt. As of now, Summitt has the most Division I wins ever for any coach in men’s and women’s NCAA basketball. Her eight national championships top coaches like Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams. Summit also made 18 trips in the Final Four during her career, an NCAA record. Her icy glare struck fear in her players’ hearts, but underneath her tough demeanor was a leader who cared about the success of her players. Some coaches may have more NCAA championships, but Summitt is head and shoulders above the rest.
Pat Summitt was great, but to say she was the greatest would be wrong. John Wooden won 10 national championships during his time at UCLA, and is widely considered the most successful coach with a winning percentage of .804. Summitt may not even be the best coach on the women’s side. Gen Auriemma has led the University of Connecticut to multiple perfect seasons, winning 11 national championships, with a .880 winning percentage. Summitt was a great coach. However, there are other great coaches who were more successful.