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Lady Vols Lockwood keynotes Chamber b’fast

A raccoon attacked her dog, so Pat Summitt “brought the heat” to fight off this backyard invasion.

But the eight-time national champion women’s basketball head coach at Tennessee paid the price. The resulting separated shoulder required surgery last week that prevented Summitt from appearing as featured speaker at Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Breakfast Tuesday, Sept. 30.

But “bringing the heat” — Summitt’s central coaching theme — was the topic of her substitute speaker, Lady Vol assistant coach Dean Lockwood, who spoke to a filled grand ballroom at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center in West Knoxville.

Making light of “not being Pat Summitt” to roars of laughter, Lockwood broke down the meaning of “bringing the heat,” H-E-A-T, and how the Lady Vols apply it far beyond winning basketball games.

About “H” representing habits, Lockwood said, “Repetition creates habit, habit creates success. … you go with what you know … spontaneous, more than thinking about it.”

Concerning “E,” representing effort, Lockwood said, “Not everyone can be the best player, but everyone can be the team’s hardest worker. Effort is the great equalizer.”

Saying “A” represents attitude, Lockwood added, “Are you just willing, or are you eager? There’s a world of difference. … You decide how you react to things that happen in life.”

Lockwood, a former player himself, said attitude helps overcome the pain associated with being a Lady Vol. Because of such pain, namely workout routines that include “wall sits” with 150-pound weights, “I don’t miss being a player.”

But the assistant coach said Summitt and staff encourage proper attitude that brings joy to your work and helps overcome such pain.

Lockwood also advised that all persons in positions of leadership “have to teach leadership every day” to maintain success.

About “T,” representing team, Lockwood said while members of any team, in business or athletics, may disagree and have conflict, “At the end of the day when you walk out of that door you better all be on the same page. You better have each other’s backs.”

Lockwood said Lady Vol players are so adept at maintaining team unity that when a player conflict arose, they advised Summitt, “‘We’ve got this’” and took care of the matter.

“On a great team, everybody does dirty jobs,” Lockwood said, adding that Summitt herself has been known to pick up trash around Thompson-Boling Arena.

Lockwood also said “team” is manifested year after year off the court with the Lady Vols’ 100 percent graduation rate. “No other college baseball program can make that statement,” he said.

“For us, it not just the scoreboard, it’s ‘did we do our best?’”

Summitt’s 2008-09 Lady Vols, a 12-player roster, could be the youngest team in program history. “Only four players played in a game [last season],” Lockwood said, adding that having seven freshmen on the varsity roster has “never happened.”

“The first two weeks of practice we checked for driver’s licenses,” Lockwood joked.

Glory Johnson, Webb School 6-foot-3 All-American and one of the seven freshmen, is one of two new Lady Vols expected to make an immediate impact, Lockwood said.

“She’s very, very athletic, she plays hard, but the thing we love about her right now is she’s a great competitor,” Lockwood said. “She understands what it does to break a defense, to play hard on every possession.”


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