Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary coach Pat Summitt, resigned his post as head coach of the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team after admitting to an inappropriate relationship outside of his marriage.
Unconfirmed reports of Tyler Summitt impregnating one of his players are circulating on social media and various media outlets.
Summitt stepped down after two seasons with the Lady Techsters with a 30-31 record.
Here’s what you need to know about the situation:
1. Tyler Summitt Admitted to Having an Affair
Tyler Summitt resigned as head basketball coach on Thursday after two seasons and admitted he had an affair outside of his marriage.
In a statement released through the university, Summitt said:
It is with great regret that I resign from my position as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University. I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most. … My hope, plans and prayers are to repair those relationships. I am appreciative of the opportunity I was given to coach at Louisiana Tech. I am heartbroken that my time has ended in Ruston, but because of my respect for the institution, it is best that I resign. I am hopeful the media and the public will respect the privacy of my family and me as we deal with this difficult situation I have caused.
Summitt had a 30-31 overall record at LA Tech.
The school released this statement:
Effective immediately and for personal reasons, Tyler Summitt has stepped down as head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s women’s basketball program. The university has accepted his resignation and appreciates the contributions he has made to the growth and success of the Lady Techsters program during his tenure. Louisiana Tech will immediately begin the process of selecting a new head coach to lead the women’s basketball program and student-athletes forward. Louisiana Tech wishes Tyler and his family the best of luck in the future.
2. Rumors Are Circulating That Summitt Impregnated One of His Players
Rumors are flying all over social media outlets that Summitt impregnated one of his players, but none of this has been confirmed. The player who has been at the center of the speculation and rumors is guard Brooke Pumroy.
3. Summitt Said He Spent ‘a Lot of 1-on-1 Time’ With Louisiana Tech Player Brooke Pumroy Over the Past 4 Years
When she transferred to LA Tech from Marquette, Pumroy, a 5-foot-9 guard, said Summitt, an assistant with the Golden Eagles at the time in 2012-13, was instrumental in teaching her the nuances of the game. From latechsports.com in August 2015:
I spent so much time with Coach Tyler, like two hours a day watching and learning the vocabulary and watching other players. There was so much extra time I had to spend doing that stuff. I was literally the only point guard we had when I got there so I had to learn.
About their time at Marquette, Summitt told latechsports.com:
Brooke and I have been developing a relationship for almost four years now. The fact she had to be our starting point guard at Marquette as freshman and sophomore against top talent forced us to have a lot of 1-on-1 time learning how to handle the role.
When Summitt was hired at Louisiana Tech, Pumroy transferred, but had to sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA rules. But he told latechsports.com:
We have spent years discussing leadership, how to be a point guard, how to succeed academically. I’m proud of her development. She has come a long way since her freshman year at Marquette.
4. Summitt Is Married to His High School Sweetheart
Tyler Summitt married his high school sweetheart, Anne Dennis (AnDe) Ragsdale, in June 2013. Both are from Knoxville, Tennessee.
AnDe went to Marquette University and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She also attended the University of Tennessee and earned a degree in kinesiology.
According to her Facebook page, AnDe works for Prompt Physical Therapy.
5. Summitt Was Hired by Louisiana Tech at 23
Summitt was hired by Louisiana Tech on April 1, 2014, when he was just 23.
He began coaching as a student assistant under his mother at the University of Tennessee.
From there, he landed a full-time assistant gig at Marquette on April 19, 2012, before getting the LA Tech head position.
Pat Summitt retired as Tennessee’s women’s coach on April 18, 2012, a day before Tyler joined the Golden Eagles. Pat Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in August 2011.
Pat Summitt died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, after a nearly five-year battle with the disease.