University of Kentucky women's and men's basketball coaches Matthew Mitchell and John Calipari reacted to Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt's announcement Tuesday that she has early-onset dementia.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Summitt and her family," said Mitchell, a graduate assistant coach on Summitt's 1999-2000 NCAA runner-up team. "She's done so much for me personally and I wouldn't be where I am professionally without the contributions she has made in my life. She has been such an incredible example to me and she is someone I care for tremendously. It took a great amount of courage to address this issue but it doesn't surprise me. She's always been a very courageous woman."
Two of Mitchell's assistant coaches, Kyra Elzy and Shalon Pillow, played for Summitt.
Calipari asked UK fans to keep Summitt in their thoughts and prayers.
"Pat Summitt transcends her sport," Calipari said. "She is more than just a coach; she is a leader in her field. Pat Summitt was one of the original promoters of women's sports and no one has done more for her sport or for women in general than she has."