Pat Summitt, 64

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The Tennessee Lady Volunteers coach had 1,098 career wins and 8 national championships, making her the winningest Division I college basketball coach in history.

"There is always someone better than you. Whatever it is that you do for a living, chances are, you will run into a situation in which you are not as talented as the person next to you. That's when being a competitor can make a difference in your fortunes."

- Pat Summitt
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Summitt was born and raised in Tennessee, and attended University of Tennessee-Martin, where she played basketball under coach Nadine Gearin. She graduated in 1974 as the school’s all-time highest scorer. She co-captained for the U.S. team at the 1976 Olympics, taking home a silver medal, and coached the team to gold in 1984.

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Summitt was considered one of the toughest coaches in the NCAA. Here, she yells during a game against the UConn Huskies in 1999. The approach worked: in her 38 years of coaching, she never had a losing season. She also cultivated a 100% graduation rate for the Lady Vols who exhausted their eligibility

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At the beginning of her tenure, Summitt fought for court time and funding for her team; now the Lady Vols play in a 12,000-seat stadium that bears her name. She retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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President Barack Obama awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Summitt spent her final years advocating for Alzheimer's research, establishing The Pat Summitt Foundation to help find a cure. She died in June, five years after her diagnosis.

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