In this image provided by Sports Illustrated, NCAA college basketball coaches Pat Summitt, of Tennessee, and Mike Krzyzewski, of Duke, are seen on the upcoming Dec. 12, 2011, cover of Sports Illustrated, which named them Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year. (AP Photo/Sports Illustrated)Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
NEW YORK -- Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski were selected Monday as Sports Illustrated's sportswoman and sportsman of the year.
The two Hall of Famers are the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I basketball.
Tennessee's Summitt announced in August she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She pledged to keep coaching and show others they can live their lives with the disease. She earned her 1,075th career victory Sunday.
Duke's Krzyzewski passed mentor Bob Knight as the winningest men's coach on Nov. 15, when he won his 903rd game.
Time Inc. Sports Group editor Terry McDonell lauded Summitt and Krzyzewski as "transcendent figures."
"The voices of those who have been inspired by Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski echo from everywhere and will continue for decades," he said.
The magazine said they joined UCLA's John Wooden in 1972 and North Carolina's Dean Smith in 1997 as the only college basketball coaches to receive the honor.