University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt sits with her current pup Sadie during a recent interview.
Pat Summitt is one gutsy woman, not only is she the winningest NCAA basketball coach in history (male or female) but this week she announced she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at 59. Her talents, on and off the court, are near and dear to our hearts and we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to interview her about how dogs have inspired her and her style of coaching. Not only that, but her toughness, resilience—and love for her dogs—was demonstrated three years ago when she dislocated her shoulder while forearming a raccoon off her deck to protect her Lab, Sally. We wish her, and her family, well—and hope that she will continue to inspire her players and all those who love the game of basketball.
Read our interview with Pat Summitt, the iconic coach of the Lady Vols, and Candace Parker, one of the youngest players to ever suit up for the USA women’s senior national team: Full Court Pooch—Two of college basketball’s top performers see parallels between the game and life with their canine companions.
Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief.