Texas A&M assistant coach Bob Starkey recently tweeted a photo of legendary Tennessee Vols head coach Pat Summitt’s original offer letter from UT in 1974 and oh man does it put some things in perspective.
Starkey, along with the photo of the letter, tweeted that Summit received a salary of only $250 a month when she was hired as the Lady Vols head coach.
To put that number in perspective, a monthly salary of $250 would be the same as $1,288 a month in 2018 dollars (according to the United States department of labor).
Coach Summitt’s offer letter to Tennessee…for young coaches bit by the entitlement bug, she was paid $250 a month and did the team’s laundry. pic.twitter.com/VlpNVZmpBn
— BobStarkey (@CoachBobStarkey) June 6, 2018
Imagine a coach of Summitt’s stature earning only $1,200 a month in 2018. It’s laughable.
At the time of her retirement in 2012, Summit was earning north of a $1 million a year.
Current Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick, a longtime Summitt assistant, earns $665,000 annually. That figure breaks down to over $55,000 a month.
It’s pretty incredible to look at Summitt’s humble beginnings in college basketball and her rise to being one of the greatest basketball coaches (college or professional) of all time.
Pat Summitt is proof that hard work and treating people well will always work out for the best in the end.
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