Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Sue Guevara has rebuilt Central Michigan back to its former glory over her first seven seasons, leading the team to its first Mid-American Conference Tournament title and NCAA Appearance since 1984.
Guevara followed up the MAC Tournament title with the program's first MAC West title in program history and a 16-win conference season, the second most conference victories in program history.
The Chippewas have won 111 games in the last six seasons, including four consecutive 20-win campaigns from 2011-14.
Guevara has guided 19 All-MAC selections, including two-time first-team selection Crystal Bradford. The junior also became the program's first MAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Also among the honors received under Guevara's tenure are two MAC Freshman of the Year honors, three 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.
Crystal Bradford is also the only player in program history to earn WBCA Region 4 All-American nominee honors, claiming the honor in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
In addition, nine players have joined CMU's 1,000-point club under Guevara, five of which currently rank in the program's top-10 in career scoring. Bradford, Johnson, DiGuilio and Jessica Green were the most recent to join the club, making CMU just the 12th program in NCAA history to feature four 1,000-point scorers on the same roster.
The Chippewas faced the toughest non-conference schedule in the country in 2013-14, including 10 games versus postseason teams from the previous season and four games versus teams ranked in the top 25. CMU played No. 2 Duke at the Paradise Jam and visited No. 7 Kentucky, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 17 Purdue during the regular season.
CMU's non-conference schedule prepared it for a Mid-American Conference season in which it started 12-0 and finished 16-2 to claim its first MAC West title in program history.
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 117 wins at CMU are already second-most in program history, while her victory at Bradley in the 2012-13 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, single-game steals and single-game blocks 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. Niki DiGuilio set the program's single-season three-point record (100) and all-time three-point record (288) during her four-year career.
Guevara has also seen the single-season field goals record set on two different occassions by Crystal Bradford, while the junior set the single-season scoring record with 588 points during her junior campaign.
The top-two team point totals in program history have also come under Guevara, as well as the top-five three-pointers made totals. CMU set a program record with 294 three-point field goals during the 2013-14 season, ranking fifth in the country with 9.2 three-point field goals per game. The Chippewas have also set a new team single-game record for three-point field goals in each of Guevara's seven seasons, highlighted by 18 versus Xavier on Nov. 30, 2013 at the Paradise Jam.
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.