Sunday, May 05, 2013

Tyler Summitt interviews for Chattanooga opening

Tyler Summitt has emerged as a candidate to fill the women’s basketball head coaching vacancy at Chattanooga.

The Marquette assistant coach, the son of Tennessee women’s head coach emeritus Pat Summitt, interviewed for the job on Saturday, said a source familiar with the process. The source requested anonymity because the interview hasn’t been made public.

Summitt interviewed with David Blackburn, who was named Chattanooga’s athletics director last month. He came to the school from Tennessee, where he was a senior associate athletics director. Blackburn has coaching openings to fill in both men’s and women’s basketball.

The Lady Mocs’ job opened early last month when Wes Moore left after 15 seasons to become the head coach at North Carolina State. Chattanooga tied a program record with 29 wins last season, including an 80-71 season-opening victory over UT. The Lady Mocs swept the Southern Conference regular season and conference tournament championships before losing to Nebraska in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The timetable for filling the Lady Mocs opening is not known.

Summitt, a Tennessee graduate, just completed his first season on Marquette’s staff. He interviewed for a coaching opening last month at Coastal Carolina. The job eventually went to Wake Forest assistant Jaida Williams.

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