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I am originally from Greeneville, TN and played on 2 State Championship Basketball Teams at South Greene High School, the first in school history. Debbie Hawhee,
played for Coach Summitt was one of my teammates. In fact, I first started lifting weights because Debbie shared with us the Lady Vols' lifting program.
I had quite a few accolades across 3 sports. However, I must admit that one of my favorite awards was the Best Defense Award (for the younger division and when I was a freshman) that I received at the PHS Camp.
Upon graduation, I played basketball at Walter's State Community College, where our team was the first in school history to go to NJCAA Nationals and finished 8th. Then, I signed with Southeastern Louisiana University, where we lost to Florida International in the conference finals my senior year, knocking us out of a berth in the NCAA Division I National Tournament.
Once I finished my degree in Kinesiology & Health, I landed a Basketball Graduate Assistantship at Eastern Kentucky University, where I completed my Master's in Sports Administration. I also was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the Clemson Sports Information Office, under the guidance of Tim Bourret, for my internship.
My professional career has spanned the last 21 years. I was an Assistant Basketball Coach at Austin Peay State University; we played the Lady Vols in the Pre-Season WNIT in Knoxville (and you can imagine how that went). I then taught Physical Education/Wellness/Head Basketball & Volleyball Coach at Sycamore High School in Cheatham County (home of Coach Summitt) and taught elementary PE for 12 years for DODEA schools at Ft. Campbell. Additionally, I am a CPR Instructor and have also been involved with Ride2Recovery/Project Hero (a cycling program for our wounded warriors).
Health & Fitness has always been a major part of my life. Thru the years, I have had some success racing in sanctioned Duathlons (one of which was a Half Ironman), Off-road Tri's, Adventure Racing, Mountain Bike Racing, Spartan Racing, Cyclocross, Marathons, NPC Body Building (Figure) Competitions, and Trifitness.
I am a member of Mid-South Racing.
Eric Tanner is my husband of 17 years. He served 20 years as a Ranger/Army Special Forces Green Beret before retiring in 2005. My step-daughter is a Junior at UT, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. In October 2015, Eric and I sold our home in Clarksville, TN and decided to travel full-time in our RV, chasing his work schedule.
Shortly thereafter, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on March 8, 2016. It was caught so early (Stage 0) that I had a bilateral mastectomy with a lymph node dissection on March 31,
and with no other treatments necessary. It was a different kind of March Madness. Reconstruction surgery was in July 2016. Then, in March of 2017, I cycled the entire Natchez Trace solo to commemorate my 1-year anniversary and to promote early detection and Breast Cancer Awareness. I chronicled this journey on my public Facebook travel page,
I view our lifestyle as an opportunity for me to support causes for which I am passionate and to share my faith. My maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Stone, had Alzheimer's, so I've seen first-hand the cruelty of the disease and how it robs one of his/her quality of life.
When I had two friends send me information for Pedal for Pat on the same day and suggesting that I apply to be a Summitt Cyclist, I knew I wanted to be involved. Although I've had several encounters with the legend, I did not know her personally. However, I do have the privilege of knowing her nieces and they are certainly compliments to their "Aunt Trish". Coach Summitt is without a doubt the most iconic basketball coach to date. Yet, she was so much more! I asked her niece, Lindsey Attebery
if she would give me a statement about the coach that seemed bigger than life, and this is what she said:
"All the trophies sitting on a shelf, all the plaques, the medals, the nets cut down. The titles, the celebrations, every sweet victory. Her name written in history. But none. None. Compare to the sweet victory she had in Jesus, the crown placed on her head, the celebration as she saw Him for the first time, the title of Daughter of the King. Of all the accomplishments, this was her finest. Because nothing matters more than your name
written in The Book of Life. This is the legacy that she left that means the most. The example. The knowing without a doubt. I'm most thankful for this. I hold tight to this. I'm most proud of this. Legacy."
And that, that is truly why I "Pedal for Pat"!
Together We Will Win!