Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, resigned from his position as the head coach of the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team on Thursday. In a statement, Summit said he was involved in an inappropriate relationship. Swish Appeal, SB Nation’s women’s basketball blog, reported that he had a relationship with one of his players and the player is pregnant. Summitt has been married to AnDe Ragsdale Summitt since 2013.
His full resignation statement reads:
“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 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.”
Summitt previously played basketball at Tennessee from 2010 to 2012 and was an assistant coach for Marquette’s women’s basketball team from 2012 to 2014 before taking the helm at Louisiana Tech. He has a record of 30-31 as a head coach.