The WBCA National Coach of the Year Award has been named in honor of former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
Summitt retired in April 2012 after winning a career-best 1,098 games and leading the Lady Vols to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances in 38 seasons.
The 61-year-old Summitt stepped down after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She still serves as Tennessee's head coach emeritus.
Summitt was named National Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 1983, '95 and '98. The Lady Vols won 16 Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles under Summitt.
The SEC tournament began Wednesday night at the Gwinnett Arena. No. 6 Tennessee, the tournament's second seed, will play the Alabama-LSU winner on Friday.