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Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

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Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's baske
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Crown Archetype
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Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sum it Up is the memoir of Tennessee Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt, who recently lost her battle with Alzheimer's. I have been following the Lady Vols for over twenty years because one of the players mentioned in this memoir attended my high school before transferring. Additionally, I had the privilege to attend one of the Lady Vols' tournament games in 1997 en route to championship number five. Even though these games were in Iowa, the Lady Vols amassed a large cheering section because by this tim ...more
Susan Lulgjuraj
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Through my job, I have met some amazing people. Some in passing and others I got to know well.

Pat Summitt was someone I interviewed a couple of different times while I covered the Rutgers women’s basketball team from 2005-2007.

In all, I wrote eight articles for The Press of Atlantic City that included Pat Summitt, including one in 2011 when Summitt had stopped doing post-game interviews.

To me, she always seemed larger than life. In control of it all. Summitt was the face of women’s college bas
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary! This Virginia girl is now a Tennessee fan. I ran through the emotions with this one. Pat made me laugh, cheer and cry. She has been my companion this week and, now that I've finished the book, I find myself with a heightened interest in March Madness! ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Toward the end of this moving book, Summitt writes, "How to sum it up? Perhaps with the realization that makes me happiest: my Tennessee legacy is not some flat, dry record on a piece of paper, but a beautiful tree with living branches."

What came across most vividly in this book was her commitment to developing her players into strong women both on and off the court. Did you know that she had a 100% graduation rate for her players? She made sure her players worked hard in all aspects of their co
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I don't feel like I have the words to express how much Pat Summitt has meant to me in my life. She and I have never interacted but her first book Reach for the Summit has been read over and over again and she's been a role model for my life. Now that I know a little more about what happened to her in her life and during some of those tournament games I watched (some even in person!), I respect her even more.

She built women's basketball into probably the most popular women's sport in the US from
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is so more deserving than just 5 stars. This memoir felt so honest. I am a University of Tennessee graduate so I feel somewhat close to this extraordinary coach. Through tears and laughs I loved this book from page 1. If you love the south, basketball and extremely strong women with no regrets, this is THE book for you. I actually listened to the audio and reader Sally Jenkins convinced me I was listening to Pat Head Summitt herself. This one is going on my favorite shelf.
Lindsey Gandhi
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do I "Sum It Up" to write a review for this book???? Incredible! Amazing! Inspirational!! You do not need to be a Tennessee Vols fan to enjoy this book. Heck, you don't even need to be a basketball fan to enjoy this book. Pat Summitt is a one of a kind woman, coach, and mentor. When you read this book it will become clear as day why she has the most wins in NCAA basketball history (more than any men's coach). Her impact on the institution of basketball and the development of women's basketba ...more
Liz McBee
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A "must read" on so many levels. She's an awesome individual and role model for us all. I learned a lot that I didn't know about what a good player she was as well as a good mother, daughter, friend and wife. We already knew she's a great coach! ...more
Teresa Herring
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you weren't a women's basketball fan before, you will be now! This is an extraordinary tale of not only the life of Coach Summitt, but the history of women's basketball as well. She is the reason I am a basketball coach. Amazing woman. ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. I grew up in an era when women's sports was in its infancy. I was a part of our high school women's basketball team my senior year in high school; it was the second year for our high school to have a women's basketball team. I loved it! I participated in intramural women's sports all through high school and loved it! I got hooked on University of Tennessee's Lady Vols for the first time, however, in 1997 when I watched them beat everybody they encountered and go on to win ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pat Summitt served as head women's basketball coach at Tennessee for 38 years and amassed a record unequaled by any division one coach, male or female. Collaborating once again with Sally Jenkins, Pat reveals those incidents in her life and career that have special meaning and in so doing gives us a rare glimpse into what drove her to the absolute pinnacle of success. I laughed at some of the stories she related and at the same time, I was choking back tears, realizing that even the great and mi ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! I listened to this book on audio. It was like listening to an old friend tell her life story. I was very sorry to see it end. It was so beautifully told. While basketball is the vehicle Pat uses to tell her story, this is a love story. Pat's love and passion for the game, its players, her role in their lives and theirs in hers; of her son and ex-husband; her parents and siblings; her role as a teacher and the importance of education. 100% graduation rate in 38 years of coaching! Remar ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a basketball fan, by any stretch. But I had heard Pat Summitt's name through the years - associated with Olympic teams, and University of Tennessee's Lady Vols. I knew she was a damn good basketball coach and player, but that was it. I'm a fan of women's collegiate sports, and a good story will hook me every time.

I saw the book on Barnes & Noble's website and jumped on it. WOW. Pat takes the reader through her early life growing up with brothers who never cut her a break (which served he
Ryan Splenda
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are giants within their respective professions in sports...John Wooden, Knute Rockne, Vince Lombardi, etc. Pat Summitt is that person for women's college basketball. No other person has done more for that sport. Summitt was the ambassador that brought women's basketball to the forefront by winning 8 national championships, amassing 1,098 victories over 38 years, and teaching valuable lessons about life to hundreds of women AND men.

This memoir is a lasting testament to the legacy that she w
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Deeply personal. I enjoyed re-living all of the great basketball moments but also learning more about Pat, who is such a strong, amazing woman. Was sad when it was over.
Janell Barney
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing woman both on and off the court - what a difference she made to a whole sport and also to countless individuals.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book. I've always enjoyed watching Coach Summitt and her team and it's is interesting to hear the behind-the-scenes of her life and the team. I listened to the audio. ...more
Cynthia Corral
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've never been a big fan of women's basketball, or of team sports in general. I knew who Pat Summitt was, but not much else. I found this book by searching for Alzheimer's memoirs, so the fact that I read it at all is just a fluke.

Only a small bit of this book is about Alzheimer's, but I'm now searching schedules for women's basketball, I have looked up and researched every player Summitt mentioned in her book, I am all set to hate Virginia with a passion, I'm now a big fan of Pat Sum
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, adults, memoir
I listened to the audiobook, and it was incredible. Normally, I don't enjoy driving long distances, but this book made me look forward to the traveling I'm doing each weekend. I would say, "it's fine; I've got Pat to keep me company."

Any teacher or coach should read this. The main things that resonated with me were her stories about growing up and learning what it really means to work hard. Current generations, mine included, are soft compared to her father's methods.

I loved her personal journe
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now that I'm finished with this book I guess this review is my attempt to SUM IT you get it


I listened to this on audiobook while knitting a baby blanket at warp speed and really enjoyed it. I grew up a Vols fan and went to UT for my masters, so am I biased as to the subject matter? Absolutely. Objectively though, I still think this is better than a lot of sports autobiographies in that you can really hear Coach Summitt's voice come through in this. My only complaint was that at ti
Jenn M
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the life of Pat Summitt, long-time coach of the U of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. Very interesting read and entertaining. This is not Ms. Summitt's first published book; there have been others that document the story of the magical 1996-1998 seasons with the three-peat national championships for the Tennessee women. This book details her long coaching career and includes information about her life since being diagnosed with Alzheimers. I enjoyed reading about Pat's coac ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. An amazing story. The book is a fairly quick read and is not easy to put down. Coach Summitt's story is amazing. While it helps to have an understanding of basketball, it's not all basketball in this autobiography. I really appreciated the glimpse into the life of a hard-working family and this very talented athlete growing up in a pre-Title IX world. Practice facilities and court time were hard to come by, no option for athletic scholarship assistance to attend college for a woman. Dealing ...more
Beth Bucklin
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best biographies I've ever read.

Pat summit is not without her flaws, & she's the first to tell you that, yet she is an extraordinary women who is/has lived a life filled to the brim.

If like basketball you will love this book.
If you love reading about successful people you will love this book. Several times I laughed out loud at the stories.

My only complaint about the book is that she called people from Indiana Indianians. We are Hoosiers!

I pray for her as she faces her toughest oppon
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the last CD. Really good book -- funny, sad, inspiring. I learned a lot about coaching! It's not easy -- and she wasn't easy on the Lady Vols either, which is probably one reason they achieved so many victories and national championships. The book also goes into her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's, which forced her to retire from coaching in 2012. However, it doesn't dwell on it -- she makes the best of it she can, though admits she would give up all of her trophies if she could return t ...more
Seraphine Hamilton
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little biased as Pat Summit is my idol. So you may want to take the 5 stars with a grain of salt. However, if you are a female athlete who has ever had to travel with your team to games in a van the resembles the Mystery Machine, kept playing even though you knew you were seriously hurt, worked your way from next to nothing or feel you are more competitive then the average human being - you should read this memoir. ...more
Agatha Lund
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely fabulous -- not just for Coach Summitt's own life, but for all the incredibly sharp insight into the women's game and the way it has change, and how instrumental Tennessee was in changing it. Lots of great stories about almost every notable women's coach out there, including Sylvia Hatchell, who I didn't know was one of Coach Summitt's first grad assistants at UT. (It makes our cats' names even better knowing that.) ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an inspirational woman, coach, and teacher! I feel so lucky to have been in Thompson-Boling to watch her coach the Lady Vols and to have been there for her last home game as head coach. I back Pat!
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, a-good-cry
Realistically this book could have been filled with blank pages and I would have still given it 5 stars but it is truly the best memoir I've ever read!! I put off reading it for years because I knew it would make it cry and it did.. a lot.. But it was worth it! ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was flat-out beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. This book makes me proud to be a Tennessee Vol!
Stacy Lewis
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm sorry this book is over. Very well-written, I love the stories of the players over the years. ...more
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Patricia Sue "Pat" Summitt was is a women's college basketball head coach. She served as the head coach emeritus of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. She is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men's or women's team in any division. She coached from 1974 to 2012, all with the Lady Vols, winning eight NCAA national championships, second only to the record 10 t ...more

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