Tyler Summitt has resigned as Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coach and acknowledged having an inappropriate relationship.
School officials announced Summitt’s resignation in a statement Thursday.
Summitt says he is “profoundly disappointed” in himself for a “relationship” that hurt the people he loves and respects most. Summitt, who got married in 2013, says it is best he resigns from his job at Louisiana Tech.
He also asked for people to respect the privacy of his family as they deal with the “difficult situation” he created. He gave no further details.
Summitt is the son of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. He was hired in April 2014 after two seasons as assistant coach at Marquette. Now 25, Summitt went 16-15 in his first season and 14-16 this season.
Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt ended her legendary career in 2012. Two years later, her son, Tyler, will begin his college coaching career as he is set to be hired as the Louisiana Tech women’s head coach, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Neither the school nor Summitt commented on the hiring in a press release issued by the school on Tuesday. An introductory press conference is set for noon on Wednesday.
Summitt is only 23-years old, but grew up around his mother and her Tennessee program before enrolling in the university and playing on the men’s basketball team for two seasons. Pat Summitt won 1,098 games and eight National Titles and was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s before the start of the 2011-2012 season. She retired that April.
Tyler Summitt spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Marquette’s women’s team. He’s taking over a program with a rich tradition, though, the Lady Techsters have dealt with back-to-back losing seasons.
Louisiana Tech finished 12-20 (5-11 Conference USA) this past season. Teresa Weatherspoon was fired as head coach on March 15.