Tennessee Women’s Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt and former Georgia Lady Bulldog Teresa Edwards were two of twelve world class basketball personalities from 10 different countries enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Six former players, three coaches, two technical officials and a contributor composed the class of 2013. The inductees were honored at the House of Basketball - FIBA's headquarters in Mies, on the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland.
FIBA is the abbreviation for Fédération Internationale de Basketball (International Basketball Federation).
Other inductees include: players Jean-Jacques Conceiçao (Angola), Andrew Gaze (Australia), Paula Gonçalves (Brazil), David Robinson (USA) and Zoran Slavnic (Serbia); coaches John 'Jack' Donohue (Canada), and Cesare Rubini (Italy); technical officials Valentin Lazarov (Bulgaria) and Costas Rigas (Greece); and contributor Aldo Vitale (Italy).
Between them, the players and coaches combined for 14 Olympic and eight FIBA World Championship medals.
"The 2013 Class of the FIBA Hall of Fame is truly a special one," said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann. "These are great personalities who have experienced great success on and off the court, but who also stand out for the character they have shown and for the countless efforts they have made to help promote our sport.”
Summitt, well-known for her 1,098-208 collegiate record, eight NCAA titles and 32 combined SEC titles in 38 seasons, also was dominant against the world. She posted an unfathomable international coaching record of 63-4.
Among her top achievements was coaching the U.S. women to gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where her team carried her off the floor after the final game. She also earned a silver medal in 1976 as a player, aiding the runner-up American cause in the first-ever women’s basketball competition at the Games.
Summitt also was chosen to serve as an assistant coach in 1980, but the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Olympiad. The Americans had won the pre-Olympic qualifying title.
Under her leadership, Tennessee put more players on Olympic Teams than any other college program. Fourteen Lady Vols under her watch earned that honor on 19 total occasions.
Outside Olympic competition, Summitt coached the 1983 U.S. World Championship team to a silver medal finish, and she took U.S. National Teams to the 1979 William R. Jones Cup Games, the 1979 World Championships and the 1979 Pan American Games, with her teams returning home with two gold medals and one silver medal.
In 1977, Summitt was given the first U.S. Junior National Team to coach, and she led it to two gold medals in international play.
As a player, she was a member of the 1975 World Championship Team, 1975 U.S. National Team to Taiwan, 1975 Pan American Games Team (gold medal) and the 1973 U.S. World University Games Team (silver medal).
Summitt is the ninth coach inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. She’s also a member of the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame, National Association for Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame, Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame and Lady Vol Hall of Fame.
Teresa Edwards is the most decorated basketball player in Olympic history.
Edwards helped the U.S. win four gold medals and a bronze in her five Olympics from 1984-2000, making her the most decorated Olympic basketball player ever. Oscar Schmidt of Brazil and Andrew Gaze of Australia played in five Olympics but never won a medal. Edwards also holds the unique distinction of being both the youngest and oldest women's basketball player to ever win Olympic gold.
A native of Cairo, Ga., Edwards burst onto the national scene in In the summer of 1981. She became the youngest women's basketball player ever invited to compete in a USA Basketball national tournament when she represented the South team at the National Sports Festival. That began a long and unparalleled career representing the United States on the hardwood.
Edwards enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at the University of Georgia. She helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA Final Four as a freshman in 1983, an NCAA runner-up finish in 1985 and SEC Championships in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Edwards was a two-time All-American and finished her collegiate career with 1,989 points, 653 assists and 342 steals. Georgia compiled a 116-17 record during her four seasons in Athens.
Edwards' illustrious international career with USA Basketball began while she was at UGA. She won her first Olympic gold medal in 1984 in Los Angeles during the summer following her sophomore year in Athens. Sixteen years later, she captured her final gold medal as co-captain of the 2000 U.S. in Sydney. In Olympic competition, Edwards remains the United States' all-time career leader in assists (143) and steals (59) and also is third in points (265) and 10th in rebounds (68).
Edwards also won FIBA World Championships with the U.S. in 1986 and 1990, as well as a bronze in 1994. Edwards is the United States' all-time leading scorer in FIBA Championships play with 175 points, including the single-game record of 32 points in triumphs over both Canada and Cuba in 1990.
Edwards is being inducted into her eighth hall of fame. In succession, she has previously been enshrined in UGA's all-sports Circle of Honor in 1995, the State of Georgia's Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grady County (Ga.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011.