Quotes on the resignation of Lady Vols hoop coach Pat Summitt

Army basketball player Micky (Mallette) Piasecki, who faced Summitt twice during her career, including the 2006 NCAA tournament:
“It’s a very sad day for women’s basketball fans. As the winningest coach in college basketball history, coach Summitt’s impact on the progression of women’s basketball is immeasurable. Her passion and commitment to the game cannot be replicated. She will be sorely missed by not only her players and fans, but by all those who love the game of basketball.”

Army women’s basketball coach Dave Magarity, who was an assistant coach at Army when the Black Knights faced Summitt and the Lady Vols in the 2006 NCAA tourney:
“She was always somebody that you put in the same category as a John Wooden or Mike Krzyzewski. … Personally, I would never consider her to be a great women’s coach; I would consider her as a great coach.”
On having to coach against Summitt: “It was pretty intimidating. That was my (pregame) scout … I can admit it now. In the scout, I didn’t have Margaree King getting dunked on by Candace Parker — that was a defining moment in that game. For me, it was an honor (to face her). I remember that experience pretty vividly. … In the front of my mind, I was so concerned because that was the first time forever that they were not a one seed and I knew when I saw the matchups and saw the (NCAA) seedings come out that night, when I saw us playing them as a two, I remember looking at Maggie (Dixon) and saying, ‘Oh gee, she’s going to be (upset).’ As soon as you started reading the stuff on the internet, that was the whole thing. She was in the player’s faces, saying ‘This is an embarrassment to be a two seed.”’
On Summitt’s departure: “It’s sad. It’s nice to see that she is going to stay involved (as coach emeritus). I am sure she will do as much as she can. There’s such a great support group at the university for her. It’s nice. It would be awful for her to walk away from it … You want to walk away on your own terms, not because of something that is out of your control. This is clearly out of her control. It’s like anything like that, it’s not fair. It shouldn’t happen to anybody let alone her. It is what it is. She’s going out with a tremendous amount of dignity and grace.”

Marist head coach Brian Giorgis, who faced Summitt in the third round of the 2007 NCAA tournament:
On what made Summitt great: “I think I’ve never seen a more passionate and determined woman. The expectations of her players, a lot of times went well beyond human capability. She was just able to get the most out of her players, and she had talented players. Sometimes that might be the hardest thing to do. We’ve seen it in professional ranks and the college ranks where you have great players in a program and it’s hard to get things out of them because they feel they are great or this or that. Pat was always able to get the most out of her players and take great players and mold them into a cohesive team. That’s why people like her and (UConn coach) Geno (Auriemma) are tremendous coaches, because they can get extremely talented players to play within a team concept and play as a group.”

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