Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Sue Guevara has rebuilt Central Michigan back to its former glory, leading the team to its first Mid-American Conference Tournament title and NCAA Appearance since 1984.
The Chippewas have won 91 games in the last five seasons, including three consecutive 20-win campaigns from 2011-13.
Guevara has guided 15 All-MAC selections, including sophomore Crystal Bradford, the program's first First-Team selection since 1993.
In addition, five players have joined CMU's 21 member 1,000-point club under Guevara, four of which currently rank in the program's top-10 in career scoring. Brandie Baker was the most recent to join the ranks, passing the 1,000-point platuea in the first game of the 2012-13 season.Also among the honors received under Guevara's tenure are two MAC Freshman of the Year honors, two MAC Sixth Players of the Year award and six MAC All-Freshman selections, as well as the program's second MAC Tournament MVP in Crystal Bradford.
Other highlights during Guevara's tenure include setting a new single-game attendance record with 5,195 fans in attendance against Georgetown on Nov. 25, 2010, defeating the highest ranked team in program history, No. 12/14 Purdue on Dec. 11, 2011, an upset of No. 23 Louisville on Dec. 2, 2010, both the final win in Rose Center and the first win at McGuirk Arena, back-to-back trips to the MAC Tournament and the first title since 1984, three-straight 20-win seasons and three-straight postseason appearances.
In 2012-13, the Chippewas faced the No. 3 toughest non-conference schedule in the country, facing the likes of No. 5 Notre Dame, Purdue, Green Bay twice, St. Joseph's and South Dakota State.
The non-conference schedule prepared the Chippewas for MAC play where they started 8-0 for their best start since the 1983-84 campaign.
During the 2011-12 season Guevara's team went on a seven-game win streak, the longest since the 1987-88, to make an appearance in the MAC Tournament championship game. CMU came just 1.5 seconds from advancing to the NCAA Tournament, but No. 2 seed Eastern Michigan scored a layup just before time expired to claim the conference title.
The 2010-11 20-win campaign marked the program's best season since 1990-91 (21-8). The 10.5 game improvement in 2008-09 (18-14) from Guevara's first season is the third-largest in MAC history.
Her 97 wins at CMU are already second-most in program history, while her victory at Bradley in the season opener marked career victory number 200.
Guevara Brings Run and Gun Offense to Central Michigan
Records set under Guevara's watch include the individual and team single-game scoring records, the individual single-game made field goals and single-game steals marks, the team single-game three-pointers and free throws made records, most rebounds in a single game, and her team in 2011-12 went 16 straight games without committing more then 20 turnovers, and Shonda Long broke the program's career three-pointers made record with 230.
The top-two team point totals in program history have also come under Guevara, as well as the top-four three-pointers made totals.
With a chance to return to the state she loved after three years at Auburn, Guevara became the Chippewas' 10th head coach in April 2007.
The Michigan native brought 30 seasons of coaching experience at the collegiate level to the sidelines of Rose Arena, including seven seasons of head coaching experience at the University of Michigan. She is U of M's all-time winningest coach both in total wins (123) and winning percentage (.600). During her time with the Wolverines, she also piled up the most Big Ten wins (57) and the best conference winning percentage (.510) of any head women's basketball coach in U of M's history. Five of Michigan's six postseason appearances came during Guevara's time on the bench.
Prior to CMU, Guevara served as an assistant coach at Auburn for three seasons under Nell Fortner, head coach of the gold medal winning 1998 World Championship and 2000 Olympic teams. The Tigers advanced to the WNIT Elite Eight in 2006-07 and sent a pair of players to the WNBA during Guevara's time there.
Guevara Turned Around Program at University of Michigan
She took the Michigan program into the national spotlight with four consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in the program's history and led Michigan to three NCAA Tournament bids (1998, 2000 and 2001), including a spot in the second round in 2001. The Wolverines also made a pair of appearances in the WNIT in 1999 and 2002.
Guevara was twice named the Big Ten Coach of the Year (1998, 2000) and was named Michigan Coach of the Year in 2000. She developed Stacey Thomas into Michigan's first Kodak All-American in 2000 and the school's first four-time All-Big Ten selection. Guevara coached 17 All-Big Ten honorees including the lone first team selections in Michigan history, Pollyanna Johns in 1998 and Stacey Thomas in 2000.
The Wolverines were ranked as high as No. 12 nationally during the 2001-02 season and again in 2002-03. The 1999-2000 squad set the school record for wins in a season with 22 and finished second in the Big Ten, Michigan's highest finish ever. Four Wolverine players were selected in the WNBA Draft during Guevara's time at Michigan.
Guevara was at Michigan State as an assistant coach under Karen Langeland for nine seasons (1987-1995) before being promoted to associate head coach for her 10th season with MSU. The Spartans posted a record of 149-131 during Guevara's time in East Lansing.
Before MSU, Guevara spent a season as an assistant coach at Ball State after spending a year as a graduate assistant for Ohio State University in 1984-85. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship and reached the regional finals that season.
In addition, Guevara led the Big Ten All-Star team on a European tour through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary in 2000. She also was an assistant coach for the 1993 Big Ten tour team that recorded a perfect 6-0 record while playing in England and Scotland.
Interestingly, Guevara's coaching career began on the softball diamond. She served as Saginaw Valley State's head softball coach from 1979-84 in addition to her hardwood duties as an assistant coach. She was named GLIAC Softball Coach of the Year in 1984.
Guevara is a native of Saginaw, Mich. where she attended Saginaw St. Stephens High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Saginaw Valley State University in 1982 and her master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio State in 1985.