Aug. 3, 2009
They've each led their teams to Southeastern Conference and national championships. And they both are international gold-medal-winning coaches as well. In all of college basketball, Tennessee's top-notch tandem of Pat Summitt and Bruce Pearl is the nation's winningest same-school men's and women's duo.
And from Oct. 16-17, Summitt and Pearl are joining forces for the annual Tennessee Basketball Coaching Clinic at Thompson-Boling Arena.
For only $100 per coach/guest, registrants not only have the opportunity to learn the finer points of the game from UT's championship-caliber men's and women's coaching staffs, but also from WNBA assistant coach Carol Ross (Atlanta Dream) and NBDL head coach Nick Nurse (Iowa Energy).
Clinic activities include individual workouts and team practice sessions for both the Vols and Lady Vols, as well as lectures from assistants on both the men's and women's staffs. After Friday's clinic sessions conclude, there will be a coaches social at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in downtown Knoxville.
All clinic participants will receive a coaching shirt, an adidas bag, detailed practice plans and a ticket for Saturday morning's door-prize raffle.
As an ambassador of the game, there is no coach in the history of college basketball who compares to Summitt--the winningest coach (men or women) of all time. A consummate taskmaster, she has kept her elite program in the winner's circle for more than three decades, producing a mind-boggling record of 1,005-193 (.839).
During her tenure, the Lady Vols have won eight NCAA titles as well as 27 SEC Tournament and regular-season championships. Tennessee has produced 12 Olympians, 19 Kodak All-Americas (named to 33 teams) and 73 All-SEC performers.
Along with their success on the court, Summitt's student-athletes also have tremendous productivity in the classroom. She boasts a 100 percent graduation rate for all Lady Vols who completed their eligibility at Tennessee.
Entering his fifth season on Rocky Top, Pearl has presided over arguably the most successful period in Tennessee men's basketball history. In four seasons at UT, Pearl has led the Vols to an average of 24.5 wins per year, three SEC Eastern Division titles, a regular-season SEC championship, the program's first No. 1 national ranking, a school-record 31 wins in 2007-08 and four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In addition, he has been named SEC Coach of the Year twice (2006 and 2008) and earned national coach of the year honors two times as well. He guided Division II Southern Indiana to the 1994 National Championship and just recently led Maccabi USA's Open Men's Basketball Team to the gold medal at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer.
The 2009 Tennessee Basketball Coaches Clinic coincides with an open date on the Vols football schedule.
Coaches and/or vendors seeking more information about the clinic can call the UT men's or women's basketball office at (865) 974-8344 or (865) 974-9509. Registration forms are available online at UTsports.com and UTladyvols.com.