Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summitt joins FIBA Hall of Fame

Lady Vols head coach emeritus Pat Summitt has been inducted into the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Hall of Fame in Switzerland.

The ceremony took place Tuesday in Mies, Switzerland.

Summitt was among six former players, three coaches, two technical officials and a contributor composed the class of 2013.

Coach Holly Warlick attended the induction on Summitt's behalf.

In addition to Summitt, other inductees included Jean-Jacques Conceiçao of Angola, Australia's Andrew Gaze, Paula Gonçalves of Brazil, Serbia's Zoran Slavnic and the USA pair of David Robinson and Teresa Edwards making up the contingent of players. They were joined from the coaching profession by the late John 'Jack' Donohue of Canada and Italy's Cesare Rubini.

Technical officials Valentin Lazarov of Bulgaria and Costas Rigas of Greece, along with contributor Aldo Vitale of Italy, rounded out the impressive list.

"The 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame is truly a special one," said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann.

"These are great personalities who have experienced great success on and off the court, but who also stand out for the character they have shown and for the countless efforts they have made to help promote our sport."

"It's a tremendous honor for Coach Summitt," Warlick said. "Obviously, everyone knows about her collegiate career and what she has done. Her international accomplishments as a player and coach are just incredible.

"She played on the first Olympic Team in 1976, and she coached and won a gold medal in 1984 at the Games in Los Angeles. She is an icon, not only in the States, but all over the world. It is a great accomplishment for Coach Summitt, and I was very honored to accept this for her."

Summitt is the ninth coach inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. She's also a member of the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Women's Sports Foundation Hall of Fame, National Association for Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame, Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and Lady Vol Hall of Fame.

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