Louisiana Tech, one of the most storied women’s basketball programs, is hiring a big-name, albeit inexperienced, head coach.
Tyler Summitt, the son of the legendary former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, is expected to be introduced at a press conference today. Tyler, who is 23, has been an assistant at Marquette for the last two seasons. Ordinarily, that might be considered a spotty resume, but Tyler Summitt was a fixture at his mother’s games and won 1,098 of them, along with eight NCAA championships as she built Tennessee into a dynasty. She stepped down as coach after the 2012 season when it was revealed that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
In Tyler Summitt, Tech gets a national name, if not an established coach. The school fired Teresa Weatherspoon last month after the first back-to-back losing seasons in school history. And if Tyler Summitt seems awfully young, remember that Tennessee hired Pat Summitt when she was 22.