IMAGE: Sue Guevara

The head coach of Central Michigan University’s women’s basketball team has announced her retirement.

“It is time,” Sue Guevara said in a press release. “I have been leaning this way since the end of the season but wanted to separate myself from it a little bit to see if I felt the same way, and I do. I love Central Michigan so much – everything about it. When I came in 2007, this place opened its collective arms to me and gave me the support and love needed to build this program. Hopefully, I did CMU proud because I gave it everything I had over the past 12 years and loved every second of it.”

During her 12 seasons with CMU, Guevara has become winningest head coach in the program’s history. She also ranks fifth all-time in the Mid-American Conference.

“I will miss a lot about leading this program but the thing I will miss the most will be the student-athletes. I have been blessed with having so many young women and their families who have committed to this program and given it their all. The credit for our success should go to them because they believed in me and this program and understood how great it could be. I’d also want to thank our administration for their support, especially President Davies and AD Michael Alford, and the community for really embracing our team and making McGuirk Arena one of the best environments in the country,” Guevara said.

In the 2018-2019 season, the Chippewas won their third-straight MAC championship and played in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season.

Guevara, or Coach G as she's called by her players, has been a staple within CMU.

She led the team to win three straight MAC Champions, as well as being named the MAC Coach of the Year for the third time this past season.

Even though she announced her retirement, it doesn't mean she's gone for good.

"I'm not going anywhere, I'm still going to be here," Guevara said.

She is a Saginaw native and attended Saginaw St. Stephens High School.

Now she says she is eager to explore all that Michigan has to offer and said she couldn't be prouder to leave the team in the hands of her associate head coach Heather Oesterle.

"I have all the faith in the world in Heather Oesterle, I've known her since she was 16-years-old," Guevara said. "She's 39 now, but I watched her grow from a young teenager to an accomplished and confident woman and that's what coaching is all about."

However, Guevara's legacy within these halls will never be forgotten.

When asked about her record as having the most wins of any coach in CMU women's basketball history, coach Guevara said it's only because of one reason.

"Cause we had really good players. Jonathan let me tell you it's not rocket science because if it was I wouldn't be doing it. But we've been able to get very good student-athletes to come here and the majority are Michigan born and that's the best thing," Guevara said.

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