When Tyler Summitt was 23 years old, he was named the head coach of a Division I women's basketball program.
Summitt will be introduced this afternoon as the new head coach of the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters. If you're unfamiliar with him, his last name is a pretty good clue regarding his background, but it's not the entire story.
"It's unlikely Summitt's career would have advanced this quickly were he not the son of maybe women's basketball's greatest coach, but nepotism certainly wasn't the sole reason he got his assistant coaching gig at Marquette.Neither Marquette coach Terri Mitchell nor anyone else at the school were especially close with Pat. Summitt landed that job by looking up Mitchell's office number on Marquette's website, cold-calling her to request an interview and then wowing her enough face-to-face that he had a verbal offer before he left Milwaukee."
The younger Summitt grew up around women's basketball as Pat Summitt's kid, and played for Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin as a walk-on at Tennessee. He's been portrayed in various media reports over the years as a devoted son and hoops junkie.
Louisiana Tech almost certainly expects to benefit from Summitt's name and connections in the basketball world. And Tyler Summitt's got a mountain to climb (really sorry about that - just awful) and giant footsteps in which to walk.
Says here that both parties will benefit from this relationship. And we're rooting for Summitt to succeed.