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Louisiana Tech names Tyler Summitt head coach

Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, will be formally introduced as the head coach at Louisiana Tech on April 2.
Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, will be formally introduced as the head coach at Louisiana Tech on April 2. Foxsports.com

Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, will be formally introduced as the head coach at Louisiana Tech on April 2.

Summitt, 23, has spent the past two seasons at Marquette under head coach Terri Mitchell. The Golden Eagles, who were 14-17 prior to Summitt joining the stafff, went 37-27 the past two seasons. Marquette reached the second round of the WNIT and finished the season with a 22-11 record.

Despite his young age Summitt has been around women’s basketball his whole life. He was always with his mom at Tennessee during his youth and early teen years. Then in high school, he attended his mom's early morning workouts before school, practice with his team in the afternoons and then race across town to watch as much of the Vols' practice as he could.

While attending Tennessee, Summitt served as a student assistant for his mom’s team during his freshman year. He spent the next two years as a walk-on for the men’s team. Summitt also worked several camps and coached smany Knoxville based AAU programs during his spare time.

Summitt, who replaces Teresa Weatherspoon, is the sixth head coach in Louisiana Tech illustrious history. Weatherspoon went 99-71 in her five seasons with the Lady Techsters but was just 26-37 the past two seasons, including 12-20 last year.

Overall, Louisiana Tech is 1029-247 and has won three national titles in 27 tournament appearances. The Lady Techsters also has reached 13 Final Fours and 23 Sweet 16s.