Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt, appeared to be on his way to a promising career at Louisiana Tech before an “inappropriate relationship” led to his decision to step down as the team’s head coach this week.
There is some speculation that the relationship was with a player, but no specifics have been confirmed.
Summitt announced his decision to step down in a lengthy statement.
“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,” he said.
“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, 25, has been with Louisiana Tech for two seasons. In those two years, the program has gone 16-15 and 14-16.
With how historically great Louisiana Tech’s women’s basketball program has been over the years, the university should be able to attract a promising coach. Of course, the last time they were forced to make a hire they angered a lot of people by going with the then 23-year-old son of a famous coach.
Perhaps they will go with someone more experienced this time around.
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