Louisiana Tech head women’s basketball coach and son of legendary Tennessee Lady Vols’ coach Pat Summitt, Tyler Summitt, stepped down from his position on Thursday.
“It is with great regret that I resign from my position as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University,” Summitt said in a statement. “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. 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.”
“The university has accepted his resignation and appreciates the contributions he has made to the growth and success of the Lady Techsters program during his tenure,” the school’s added in a statement. “Louisiana Tech will immediately begin the process of selecting a new head coach to lead the women’s basketball program and student-athletes forward. Louisiana Tech wishes Tyler and his family the best of luck in the future.”
Summitt, who was also a walk-on guard for the Tennessee men’s basketball program from 2010-12. He was an assistant women’s coach at Marquette from 2012-14 before taking over at Tech in 2014 up until Thursday afternoon.
Summitt, age 25, was 40-41 in his two seasons in Ruston with a 19-17 mark in Conference USA Play.