Sports world mourns loss of coaching legends

Thursday, June 30, 2016

This week has been a hard week on the world of sports as two coaching legends have died. Pat Summitt of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Buddy Ryan, mastermind of the 46 Defense.

Summitt coached for 38 years at Tennessee and won 1,098 games, the most ever by a male or female coach. Her teams won eight national titles, 16 SEC titles and 16 SEC tournament titles. Summitt was named SEC coach of the year eight times, NCAA coach of the year seven times, Naismith Coach of the 20th Century and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Ryan's coaching career covered 35 years in which he won two Super Bowl rings. His first ring came in 1969 when the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts and his second ring came when the Chicago Bears crushed the the New England Patriots 46-10. Most of Ryan's coaching career was as spent as a defensive coach of some sort but he was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for six years and the Arizona Cardinals for two years. Ryan compiled a record of 55-58-1 as a head coach including an 0-3 record in the playoffs.

The number of lives these two legends had an impact on is unimaginable. They will be truly missed by so many.

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