Tyler Summitt, son of legendary NCAA basketball coach Pat Summitt, was hired by Louisiana Tech University to lead its Lady Techsters Division I basketball on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports that the 23-year-old Summitt will bring two seasons' worth of experience
at Marquette to the job recently held by Teresa Weatherspoon, who was head coach at Louisiana Tech for the past five seasons. Witherspoon was recently fired.
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Summitt is tasked with turning around the team that hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since 2004 and finished 12-20 in its most recent season.
In an interview with Fox Sports
, Summit said he was looking forward to the challenge.
"I’m very, very excited. My wife, AnDe, and I are incredibly excited to become a part of the Louisiana Tech family, and we couldn't have asked for better hospitality," he said. "The people here are incredible and the people make the place, so it’s been great. I’m blessed to have the opportunity. We know this is God’s plan, and it’s great to be back in the South, that’s for sure."
Summitt's mother, Pat, was only 22 when she coached her first game. She went on to win 1,098 games in 38 years, including eight national championships. She is now a Hall of Famer, and the younger Summitt has dreams of following in his mother's footsteps.
"It is a special day for our family, and especially for Tyler, as he is given the reins to one of the most storied programs in women's basketball," Pat Summit said. "He has been preparing for this day since he was a little boy."
The Lady Techsters are ranked fourth nationally and have competed in the NCAA tournament 27 times, but they missed the tournament the last three seasons. Summitt aims to bring them back to their former prominence.
"The Lady Techsters were the standard in which excellence in women's basketball was measured for so long," he said.
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