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Central Michigan head coach Sue Guevara will lead the Chippewas through the 2017-18 season after signing a new five-year deal.
Guevara Inks New Five-Year Deal Through 2017-18 Season

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University Athletic Director Dave Heeke has announced the signing of head women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara to a new five-year contract.

This agreement will replace Guevara’s existing contract and put her at the helm of the Chippewas, the defending Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions, through the 2017-18 season.

“I am excited that Sue Guevara will be our head women's basketball coach well into the future," Heeke said. "Sue's passion and energy has led us to become a championship-level program and she continues to push her squad to new heights each season. Sue is also a great ambassador for CMU and our entire athletics department in the community."

Guevara led the Chippewas to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1984 last season as they defeated Akron in the MAC Tournament Championship game. The Maroon and Gold earned a No. 11 seed in the Columbus, Ohio site before falling to No. 6 seed Oklahoma in a thrilling contest, 78-73.

“I want to thank President Ross, Dave Heeke and the entire CMU community for its support, and I really appreciate the opportunity to coach here at Central Michigan,” Guevara said. “I also want to thank the coaches and players who have helped turn this into a championship-caliber program. Their hard work and determination was paramount to turning things around and without their commitment to this program, none of our current success would be possible.”

Under Guevara's leadership, CMU has posted three-straight 20-plus win campaigns and postseason appearances for the first time in program history under Guevara. She has compiled 91 wins over the last five seasons, including three victories over top-25 opponents (No. 20 Texas/2012; No. 12 Purdue/2011; No. 23 Louisville/2010).

Five different players have joined the 1,000-point club during Guevara’s time at CMU, while seniors Taylor Johnson and Niki DiGuilio and juniors Crystal Bradford and Jessica Green are all within striking distance. She has guided 15 All-MAC selections, including Bradford who last season was named the program’s first First-Team selection since 1993.

Guevara and the Chippewas are in the midst of preparations for the 2013-14 season as they seek a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Chippewas will once again take on a formidable non-conference schedule with 10 of the 12 contests coming against postseason teams and their opponents went a combined 245-118 last season.