Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT/Submitted) -- Tennessee Women’s Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt was one of twelve world class basketball personalities from 10 different countries enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Six former players, three coaches, two technical officials and a contributor composed the class of 2013. The inductees were honored at the House of Basketball - FIBA's headquarters in Mies, on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland. Current Lady Vol Head Coach Holly Warlick attended the induction on Summitt’s behalf.
FIBA is the abbreviation for Fédération Internationale de Basketball (International Basketball Federation).
In addition to Summitt, other inductees included Jean-Jacques Conceiçao of Angola, Australia's Andrew Gaze, Paula Gonçalves of Brazil, Serbia's Zoran Slavnic and the USA pair of David Robinson and Teresa Edwards making up the contingent of players. They were joined from the coaching profession by the late John 'Jack' Donohue of Canada and Italy's Cesare Rubini.
Between them, the players and coaches combined for 14 Olympic and eight FIBA World Championship medals.
Technical officials Valentin Lazarov of Bulgaria and Costas Rigas of Greece, along with contributor Aldo Vitale of Italy, rounded out the impressive list.
"The 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame is truly a special one," said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann.
"These are great personalities who have experienced great success on and off the court, but who also stand out for the character they have shown and for the countless efforts they have made to help promote our sport.”
Summitt, well-known for her 1,098-208 collegiate record, eight NCAA titles and 32 combined SEC titles in 38 seasons, also was dominant against the world. She posted an unfathomable international coaching record of 63-4.
Among her top achievements was coaching the U.S. women to gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where her team carried her off the floor after the final game. She also earned a silver medal in 1976 as a player, aiding the runner-up American cause in the first-ever women’s basketball competition at the Games.
Summitt also was chosen to serve as an assistant coach in 1980, but the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympiad. The Americans had won the pre-Olympic qualifying title.
Under her leadership, Tennessee put more players on Olympic Teams than any other college program. Fourteen Lady Vols under her watch earned that honor on 19 total occasions.
Outside Olympic competition, Summitt coached the 1983 U.S. World Championship team to a silver medal finish, and she took U.S. National Teams to the 1979 William R. Jones Cup Games, the 1979 World Championships and the 1979 Pan American Games, with her teams returning home with two gold medals and one silver medal.
In 1977, Summitt was given the first U.S. Junior National Team to coach, and she led it to two gold medals in international play.
As a player, she was a member of the 1975 World Championship Team, 1975 U.S. National Team to Taiwan, 1975 Pan American Games Team (gold medal) and the 1973 U.S. World University Games Team (silver medal).
“It’s a tremendous honor for Coach Summitt,” Warlick said. “Obviously, everyone knows about her collegiate career and what she has done. Her international accomplishments as a player and coach are just incredible.
“She played on the first Olympic Team in 1976, and she coached and won a gold medal in 1984 at the Games in Los Angeles. She is an icon, not only in the States, but all over the world. It is a great accomplishment for Coach Summitt, and I was very honored to accept this for her.”
Summitt is the ninth coach inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. She’s also a member of the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame, National Association for Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame, Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and Lady Vol Hall of Fame.
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