The name Summitt was made popular in American women’s basketball by the late Pat Summitt, who served as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols team for many years. Her son Tyler Summitt had hoped to continue the legacy she had built. Unfortunately, he was involved in a scandal that ended his coaching career and cost him his wife as well. Tyler Summitt is now best known for all the wrong reasons.
Although “basketball coach” is still listed as his profession on his Wikipedia page, Summitt stopped coaching in 2016, and given the scale of his actions, chances are that Tyler will never again be able to give orders on a professional court. However, this does not mean that Tyler’s life has come to a standstill, yes, he was wrong and he regrets it and has a hard time dealing with the fact that he has tainted his mother’s legacy but the young man has moved on and is leading a different life, different from basketball and as far away from the limelight as possible.
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Tyler Summitt’s Bio
Tyler was born Ross Tyler Summitt on September 21, 1990, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the only child of the late Pat Summitt and her ex-husband, R. B. Summitt, II. Born to a mother who coached the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team, Summitt grew up with a love of basketball.
In fact, his mother hadn’t nursed him for up to a year when she led the Lady Vols to the national championship title in 1991. When she accompanied his mother to training, games, and more, Summitt was naturally drawn to the sport. He played in high school, and since his mother was a coach, he had the advantage of being phenomenal, and he was.
A graduate of the Webb School of Knoxville, Summitt received many awards, including the school’s “Scholar-Athlete of the Year” and the school’s coveted “Spartan Award. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he continued to play basketball. His college career was short-lived, however, as he only played two seasons. But Summitt did not give up basketball, he just tried to follow in his mother’s footsteps to become a coach.
After graduating from college in 2012 with a BA in Communications, Summitt began his career as a professional coach as an assistant to the women’s basketball team at Marquette University, led by Terri Mitchel. Two years on the team’s offensive from 2012 to 2014 were enough to earn him his first job as head coach at Louisiana Tech University in April 2014. During his time at Marquette, Tyler completed a master’s degree in leadership studies.
Summitt coped well with the continuation of his mother’s legacy but, sadly, an inappropriate relationship with one of his players led him to quit his $175,000 annual job, putting an abrupt end to his career. More on this inappropriate relationship in a moment.
To make matters worse, two months later, in June 2016, his mother Pat lost her 5-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. If it was any consolation, Tyler was named heir to his mother’s enviable estate. For the rest of his life, he will receive her state pension worth $173,520 per year.
After his shameful retirement, Summitt returned to Tenessee to earn an MBA, which he earned in 2017. He now devotes his time to managing his mother’s estate and other tasks that require the expertise of an MBA holder.
Wife, Divorce, Affairs, and Relationships
In June 2013, at the age of 23, Tyler Summitt married Anne Dennis Ragsdale, his high school sweetheart. They attended the same school for the entire duration of their relationship. She holds a degree in Kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movement) from Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Physiotherapy from Marquette University.
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Their marriage ended in June 2017 with a divorce after her husband confessed to having had an affair with one of his players.
After news of his resignation became public, the media began speculating about which player Summitt might have been having an affair with. The two suspects were Brooke Pumroy and Ashley Santos, whom he trained with Marquette. The two sophomores moved to Louisiana Tech with Summitt. There were rumors that Summitt’s affair had led to a pregnancy, but it was never confirmed.
Santos went into social media to expose the rumors and published a photo of her naked belly to prove that she was not pregnant. This made Mrs. Pumroy the only other suspect. Months before Summitt’s resignation, accusations had been made by players and their parents that he was giving Pumroy preferential treatment and that she would continue to play despite her repeated mistakes. She had practically run the team with Summitt, they said.
Before Tyler Summitt’s resignation, reports were submitted to the authorities.