Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame names rotunda after Pat Summitt

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame named their south rotunda after one of the most decorated coaches in women’s basketball.

The rotunda was named after legendary head coach of the Lady Vols, Pat Summitt, Friday during a ceremony Friday afternoon.

Coach Summitt not only helped win eight national titles for the Lady Vols, but she was also instrumental in bringing the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame to Knoxville. Summitt coached nearly 2,000 games at Tennessee before stepping down in 2012 after 38 seasons.

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A welcome reception will follow the naming ceremony, kicking off induction weekend. Six people will be inducted to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday.

Related: Learn more about the 2015 inductees

Inductees include:

  • Janeth Arcain, a retired Brazilian professional women’s basketball player  who played for the Houston Comets and competed in the Olympics Games in Atlanta and Sydney
  • Kurt Budke, a late coach for Oklahoma State University that died in a plane accident in 2011
  • Gail Goenstenkors, the assistant coach for the Indiana Fever and former assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks and head coach for the University of Texas
  • Janet Harris, a former player for the National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Lisa Leslie, a three time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medal winner who played for the Los Angeles Sparks
  • Brad Smith, a high school girls’ basketball coach in Oregon City for 27 seasons, winning 25 league titles and 10 large-school Oregon state championships before his retirement

The ceremony to name the rotunda will be Friday, June 12, at 3:30 p.m. That will be followed by an invitation only private welcome reception.

An autograph session will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The gala reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre with the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. That is followed by a post-induction celebration, also a the Tennessee Theatre at 9 p.m.

Ticket packages start at $100 and range up to $2,500 for an MVP package that includes 10 tickets to each event. Call (865) 633-9000 to reserve tickets.

More online: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony

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