Hatchell remembers dear friend Summitt
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Hatchell remembers dear friend Summitt

Tennessee's legendary coach recommended Hatchell for North Carolina job

Photo: Sylvia Hatchell won an NCAA title in 1994

The day after pioneer women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt died, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell sat in the Chapel Hill office she admits she owes to Summitt’s influence and domineering personality.

Summett, who died Tuesday at age 64 after a five-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, considered Hatchell one of her closest friends dating back to the days they were graduate students and coaching colleagues. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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