Local basketball coaches remember Pat Summitt

Rechelle Turner says she wouldn’t be head coach of the Murray High School girl’s basketball team if it wasn’t for Pat Summitt, the coach who took women’s basketball and elevated it to the national stage.

"All young women have had opportunities in basketball and other sports because of Pat Summitt," says Turner.

In 2002, Turner and Assistant Coach Monica Evans got a chance to meet Summitt during a coaching clinic.

"We looked up to her for so long, and to actually be able to meet her and talk to her," says Evans. "She was so welcoming."

It was an opportunity Turner and Evans dreamed about.

"To be able to meet your hero is just an amazing feeling, but to meet her and for her to make me feel like she cared about me," says Turner.

After 20 years of coaching, Turner says she’s picked up a few tricks from watching Summitt.

"I don’t think I have nearly as good a stare as she does, but I have a pretty good stomp," says Turner.

"You know, a lot of people talk about her stare, how harsh she was, but what I see is her passion," says Evans.

It’s a passion that continues to live on.

"She’s rejoicing in Heaven. And they’re probably playing basketball right now, and she’s telling them what to do and coaching them up," says Turner.

Turner says Summitt will be missed, but her legacy will never be forgotten.

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