Sue Guevara
Sue  Guevara

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Saginaw Valley State

Graduated:
1982


12/21/2017

CMU falls to Quinnipiac in Nonconference Finale

The Chippewas will begin MAC play at Ball State on Dec. 30

03/24/2018

Central Michigan vs. Oregon

Photos from Central Michigan women's basketball vs. Oregon - Saturday March 24, 2018

In her 11 years at the helm of the Central Michigan women’s basketball program, Sue Guevara has taken the Chippewas to unprecedented heights, transforming the program into a Mid-American Conference power and a team to be reckoned with in March.

In 2017-18, Guevara led CMU to the best season in program history, capped by NCAA Tournament wins over No. 24 LSU and No. 10 Ohio State and a berth in the Sweet 16.

CMU finished 30-5, a program record for victories, and was ranked 20th in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll, and with an outstanding RPI of 15.

Guevera took the Chippewas into the NCAA Regional fresh off their second consecutive Mid-American Conference regular-season championship and their first MAC Tournament title since 2013.

They were seeded 11th in the regional, which was played in Columbus, Ohio, and stunned sixth-seeded LSU to open the tournament, and then pulled off another shocker, this time knocking off the third-seeded Buckeyes on their own campus, 95-78. Ohio State entered the tournament as the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships.

Guevara was named the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year and earned her second MAC Coach of the Year Award.

The accolades poured in for Guevara’s players, led by senior Tinara Moore, who was named All-America honorable mention, becoming the first in program history to earn All-America honors from the Associated Press.

That was the icing on the cake for Moore, who was named the MAC Player of the Year and repeated as the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. She joined teammate Presley Hudson on the All-MAC First Team. CMU’s Reyna Frost was named to the all-conference second team, and Micaela Kelly earned a spot on the league’s all-freshman squad.

Frost was named the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Moore and Kelly.

Moore and Hudson scored 667 and 639 points, respectively, on the season as they posted the top-two scoring totals for a single season in program history. Hudson also set single-season program marks with her .933 free throw percentage, her 125 3-pointers, and her 185 assists. Moore, meanwhile, set single-season program bests with her 79 blocks and her 240 field goals.

Statistically, the Guevara-led Chippewas put together a remarkable ledger in ’17-18, finishing among the top 25 in the nation in win percentage, 3-point field goals, 3-point field goals per game, 3-point field goal percentage, scoring, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, and defensive rebounds per game.

Individually, Hudson ranked fourth nationally in free throw percentage, seventh in 3-pointers made, 11th in 3-point percentage; Frost was fifth in total rebounds, 10th in rebounds per game, eighth in offensive rebounds per game, 14th in double-doubles; Moore finished 20th in blocks, 22nd in double-doubles, 23rd in total points and 23rd in field goal percentage.

Guevara has amassed a 206-148 record at CMU, and is the program’s all-time winningest coach. She passed Donita Davenport (1984-96) for the most wins in program history with a 70-64 victory at Ohio on Feb. 15, 2017. That was win No. 172 for Guevara at CMU.

Guevara has led the Chippewas to at least 20 wins in seven of the past eight seasons, posting an impressive 169-94 combined record over that span, including 100-38 in MAC games. She has led CMU to three consecutive MAC West titles and the Chippewas have finished first in the division in four of the past five years. CMU is 75-25 since the start of the 2015-16 season.

Nine times in program history the Chippewas have won at least 20 games in a season; seven of those 20-win campaigns have come in the past eight years under Guevara.

The Chippewas’ 17-1 finish in MAC play in ’17-18 ranks as the second-highest league win total in program history behind only the 1983-84 squad that went a perfect 18-0. Seven times in the last eight years the Chippewas have reached the postseason.

In 2016-17, Guevara led CMU its first regular-season Mid-American Conference championship since 1985, and the Chippewas’ 23 wins (against nine losses) was the third-highest win total in program history.

Guevara’s record is even more impressive in light of the fact that CMU regularly takes on all comers, including the likes of then-No. 1 Notre Dame to open the ’16-17 season, and Purdue (Big Ten), Vanderbilt (SEC) and Iowa State (Big 12) early in the ’17-18 campaign.

Among the other elite programs the Chippewas have gone head-to-head with during Guevara’s tenure are South Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oregon and Duke as well as perennial mid-major powers Middle Tennessee, Quinnipiac and Duquesne.

All five of CMU’s losses in ’17-18 came to programs with an RPI of 75 or better, including Oregon, which ended CMU’s season in the Sweet 16.

Guevara’s first MAC Coach of the Year Award came in 2015-16, when she guided a young team – led by Hudson, who would earn the MAC Freshman of the Year Award -- to a 22-11 finish and the MAC West crown. She became the first Chippewa mentor to be so honored in more than three decades.

Guevara’s lengthy list of players who have earned individual league honors during her time at CMU includes two who have been named the MAC Player of the Year, three who have been named the league freshman of the year, four who have garnered the Sixth Player of the Year Award, nine who have been named to the all-freshman squad, two who have been named the league defensive player of the year, and three who have captured the MAC Tournament MVP Award.

Among those to capture several of those individual honors is Crystal Bradford, who closed a brilliant collegiate career in 2015 and was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks with the seventh pick in the WNBA draft. Bradford became the first Chippewa drafted by a WNBA team, and, at No. 7, the highest pick in history to come from a MAC institution.

Under Guevara, 14 players have joined CMU's 1,000-point club, six of whom rank in the top-10 in career scoring.

Among the other highlights of Guevara's tenure:

• The first NCAA Tournament victory in program history, a 78-69 triumph over LSU on March 17, 2018.

• A single-game attendance record, 5,195, for a home game against Georgetown on Nov. 25, 2010.

• Defeating the highest-ranked team in program history, No. 12/14 Purdue, on Dec. 11, 2011, which was also the first victory in McGuirk Arena.

• An upset of No. 23 Louisville on Dec. 2, 2010, which was the final win in Rose Center.

Guevara was named to head the Chippewa program in April, 2007, bringing three decades of collegiate coaching experience, including seven (1996-2003) as the head coach at Michigan.

Guevara compiled a 123-82 record at U-M and her 123 victories rank second in program history. U-M had finished a combined 20-88 in the four seasons prior to Guevara’s arrival in Ann Arbor.

Guevara took Michigan into the national spotlight, leading it to five postseason appearances including NCAA Tournament berths in 1998, 2000 and 2001. The Wolverines were ranked as high at 12th nationally during the 2001-02 season and again in 2002-03. She was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in both 1998 and in 2000.

In 1999-2000, Guevara’s Wolverines posted 22 victories and finished second in the Big Ten regular-season standings, which remains U-M best finish in conference play. The 22 victories are tied for the second most in program history. Four Wolverines were drafted by WNBA teams during Guevara’s tenure.

Guevara served as an assistant at Michigan State 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 serving as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1984-85. She helped the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship and a trip to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Guevara's coaching career began on the softball diamond as the head coach at Saginaw Valley State from 1979-84. She also served simultaneously as an assistant coach in the women’s basketball program. She was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Coach of the Year in 1984.

Before coming to CMU, Guevara worked as an assistant for three seasons at Auburn under Nell Fortner, who coached the United States to the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics and 1998 World Championships.

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 in 1982 and her master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio State in 1985.


Sue Guevara coaching resumé


1979-84 Saginaw Valley State assistant coach
1984-85 Ohio State graduate assistant
1985-86 Ball State assistant coach
1986-95 Michigan State assistant coach
1995-96 Michigan State associate head coach
1996-2003 Michigan head coach
2004-07 Auburn assistant coach
2008-current Central Michigan head coach

Sue Guevara year-by-year record

Season School       Record League record League finish League
Tournament
Postseason
1996-97 Michigan 15-11 7-9                8th Big Ten 9th
1997-98 Michigan        19-10 10-6 3rd Big Ten 3rd NCAA first round                                                                                      
1998-99 Michigan 18-12 8-8 6th Big Ten 5th WNIT second round
1999-2000      Michigan 22-8 13-3 2nd Big Ten 3rd NCAA first round
2000-01 Michigan 19-12 10-6 5th Big Ten 3rd NCAA second round
2001-02 Michigan 17-13      6-10 9th Big Ten 5th WNIT first round
2002-03 Michigan 13-16    3-13         10th Big Ten 5th
Total (7 seasons)      
123-82 57-55
2007-08 CMU 7-22 2-13 6th MAC West                 Lost in first round
2008-09 CMU 18-14 9-7 4th MAC West Lost in second round
2009-10 CMU 12-18 8-8 3rd MAC West Lost in second round
2010-11 CMU 20-11 8-8 2nd MAC West Lost in second round WNIT first round
2011-12 CMU 20-16 8-8 3rd MAC West Lost in championship game WNIT first round
2012-13 CMU 21-11 12-4 3rd MAC West                    Won championship NCAA first round
2013-14 CMU 20-12 16-2 1st MAC West                            Lost in semifinal WNIT first round
2014-15 CMU 13-18 7-11 6th MAC West Lost in second round
2015-16 CMU 22-11 14-4 1st MAC West Runner-up WNIT first round
2016-17 CMU 23-9 15-3 1st MAC West, 1st overall Lost in first round WNIT first round
2017-18 CMU 30-5 17-1 1st MAC West, 1st overall Won championship NCAA Sweet 16
Total (11 seasons) 206-148    116-69






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