Summitt takes over Techsters

April 3, 2014


Tyler Summitt speaks after being announced as the new head coach of the Lady Techsters Wednesday. –Photo by Devin Dronett

Tyler Summitt speaks after being announced as the new head coach of the Lady Techsters Wednesday. –Photo by Devin Dronett

Staff Reporter


Louisiana Tech announced Wednesday the hiring of Tyler Summitt as the next head coach of the Lady Techsters.


Summitt, son of legendary former Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt, is Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland’s first major hire. At 23-years-old, Tyler Summitt is the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I athletics, and McClelland said he believes he is the right fit for Tech.


“Tyler represents our philosophy of developing champions in the classroom, on the court and in life,” McClelland said. “His reputation as a great recruiter, a rising young star in the coaching business and a passionate leader is known throughout the nation.”


Summitt’s first Division I coaching position came at Marquette, where he spent the past two seasons. As an assistant coach, he oversaw the offense and was the scouting and recruiting coordinator. Before accepting the position at Tech, Summitt fielded other head coaching offers, but said Tech was his first priority.


“I received interest from other schools with head coaching positions,” Summitt said. “But Louisiana Tech was the priority.”


As the women’s head basketball coach at Tennessee, Pat Summitt holds the record for most wins all-time for a coach in NCAA basketball history -– men’s or women’s. She won 1,098 games at Tennessee and eight national championships, of which two came while her son Tyler was on her staff.


“As I grew up as part of the Tennessee Lady Vols program, everything on and off the floor was geared towards competing against Louisiana Tech,” Tyler Summitt said. “The Lady Techsters were the standard in which excellence in women’s basketball was measured for so long. I am proud to be a part of this storied program.”


Summitt has not finished assembling his coaching staff, but he did announce the hiring of former Lady Techster player and former Tennessee assistant coach Mickie DeMoss.


DeMoss, who was most recently an assistant coach with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, will serve as associate head coach, marking the second time DeMoss will serve as an assistant coach under a member of the legendary Summitt family.


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