Pat Summitt (AP file photo)
ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt is the winner of the Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award, an honor given annually by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Tennessee women’s athletic director emeritus Joan Cronan accepted the award on Summitt’s behalf Friday during the sports information directors’ convention.
The award goes to an individual or an organization that has made a lasting contribution to college athletics.
Summitt stepped down as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach in April 2012, one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt led Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances in 38 seasons. Her 1,098 career wins are the most by any Division I men’s or women’s basketball coach.
Summitt remains on Tennessee’s staff as head coach emeritus.