As you probably already know, Pat Summitt just won her eighth national championship last night. What you may not know is that she has some local ties here in Hoots.
In a story from 2006, you are introduced to two women I absolutely adore. And they are the ones that knew Pat Summitt was something special back in the day.
TWO SPECIAL LADIES THANK LADY VOLS
After the Lady Vols defeated UT-Martin Tuesday night, an interesting thing happened in the Tennessee locker room.
Two elderly gray-haired women walked into the dressing quarters with Pat Summitt. One was Betty Giles. The other, Nadene Guerin. Giles was the athletic director at UT-Martin when Summitt played for the Skyhawks. Guerin was Summitt’s coach.
Some 32 years ago, they went to bat for Summitt, recommending her for the Lady Vols job, even though Summitt, age 22, had never coached before. Giles and Guerin saw something special back then in a special person.
Ms. Betty and Ms. Nadine are amazing. If you ever talk to Summitt, ask her about these two women. They are the two coolest people you’d ever meet, very much into philanthropy in the area and very supportive of young women. They opened doors for not only Summitt, but for people like, well, me.
They made things possible for a lot of women. More than can even be expressed in words on a blog.
Everyone needs mentors. You couldn’t ask for better role models than these two incredible women.