14 of Coach Pat Summitt’s Most Inspirational Quotes






Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt spent more than three decades in the world of basketball. A legend with an impressive record of wins and losses.  Now retired, she continues to be an important figure in sports for the University of Tennessee and female coaches.

Below are 14 of the most inspirational quotes that are attributed to Coach Pat Summitt, via NLCATP:

1. “Class is more important than a game.”

2. “Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.”

3. “Group discipline produces a unified effort toward a common goal.”

4. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts the most.”

5. “It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb, Continue to seek new goals.”

6. “Know your strengths, weaknesses, and needs.”

7. “Make winning an attitude.”

8. “Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.”

9. “There is an old saying: a champion is someone who is willing to be uncomfortable.”

10. “When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you.’”

11. “Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.”

12. “Combine practice with belief.”

13. “Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks; and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer’s disease.”

14. “Handle success like you handle failure. You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you handle it.”




Mariela Santos-Muniz PictureBio: Mariela Santos-Muniz has an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a B.A. in Humanities from the Universidad del Turabo. A sports fan, she blogs at WMN Sports World, about women in sports. You can follow on Twitter @WMNSportsWorld.




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