WORCESTER – Members of the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) have come together to express their thoughts on legendary Tennessee women's basketball head coach Pat Summitt following her passing earlier this week.
"I have always considered Pat Summitt a mentor even though I only met her once. She was a fierce competitor, an advocate, a legend. Her commitment to growing the game was unmatched and no one did it with more class, integrity and passion than Pat. Her legacy will live on in all the people she inspired on the court and off with the way she lived her life. Pat's impact will be felt for generations to come." – Cherise Galasso, women's basketball head coach at WPI and incoming WACBA President.
"Coach Summitt impacted coaches of all levels, genders and sports. She was a great teacher with an inspiring work-ethic and passion for improving the game of basketball while helping her student-athletes develop as people. Pat was a master of "tough-love" leadership and her teams reached their full potential year after year." – Chris Bartley, men's basketball head coach at WPI.
"Though I never coached against her, I did have the privilege of meeting Pat on a few occasions. As intense as she was on the court, she was even more gracious and friendly off. A legend, a pioneer for our great game, she was a coach who gave so much and taught so much to so many. May she rest in peace and may her far reaching legacy be carried forward daily to young and old alike! My condolences and prayers go out to all in the Summitt family and the Lady Vol family." – Bill Gibbons, women's basketball head coach at the College of the Holy Cross and outgoing WACBA President.
"I have admired Pat Summitt and looked up to her as a coach for as long as I can remember. She coached with class, integrity and such passion for the game. She was a demanding and tough coach, but she truly loved and cared about her players both on and off the court. There will never be another Pat Summit, but her legacy will live on forever." – Kerry Phayre, women's basketball head coach at Assumption College.
"Our team met Coach Summitt in '05 at a practice at Tennessee and she couldn't have been more gracious and friendly to us all. Coach Summitt was a pioneer and led a life of great influence, the basketball world won't be the same without her." – Karen Tessemer, women's basketball head coach at Worcester State University.