Reach for the Summit: Pat Summitt

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Weaving stories of her medal-winning trips to the Olympics and her experience as a college coach, Pat Summit delivers an uplifting message for anyone with the desire to succeed in sports, business, and life.

Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, is a phenomenon in women's basketball. Her ferociously competitive teams have won three NCAA championships in a row--1996, 1997, and 1998. The 1997-98 Lady Vols posted a historic 39-0 record, prompting the New York Times, among many others, to proclaim them "the best women's college team ever." Now, in this groundbreaking motivational book, Pat Summitt presents her formula for success, which she calls the "Definite Dozen System." In each of the book's twelve chapters, Summitt talks about one of the system's principles--such as responsibility, discipline, and loyalty--and shows how you apply it to your own situation. Along the way, she uses her own remarkable story as a vehicle for explaining how anyone can transform herself through ambition. Pat Summitt will motivate you to achieve in sports, business, and the most important game of all--life.

  • "If you want to understand what makes a champion, in any field or on any level, read Pat Summitt's story." --John Feinstein, author of A March to Madness 
  • Pat Summitt is "a genius of a coach." --New York Times
  • "[Pat Summitt is] one of the best coaches in basketball history--male, female, college or pro. . . . [She has] an extraordinary combination of grit and tenderness." --USA Weekend
  • "If you want to learn about winning and the elements for success, Pat Summitt can provide all the data to tell you how to win at any level. To put it in Vitalese, she is awesome, baby, with a capital A." --Dick Vitale, ESPN sports commentator
  • "As a manager and master motivator, Pat Summitt transcends sports. The most experienced CEO can learn from her contagious work ethic and ingenious methods." --Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One-Minute Manager
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Broadway Books (1999)

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