Sue Guevara

Susan Marie Guevara (born July 8, 1954)[1] was the head women's basketball coach at Central Michigan University. She previously served as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Michigan from 1996 to 2003. Sue announced her retirement from CMU on July 12, 2019.

Sue Guevara
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-08) July 8, 1954
Saginaw, Michigan
Playing career
1974–1975Saginaw Valley State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Women's basketball
1979–1984Saginaw Valley State (asst.)
1984–1985Ohio State (grad. asst.)
1985–1986Ball State (asst.)
1986–1995Michigan State (asst.)
1995–1996Michigan State (assoc. HC)
2004–2007Auburn (asst.)
2007–2019Central Michigan
1982–1984Saginaw Valley State
Head coaching record
Overall326–230 (.586) (basketball)
56–33 (softball)
Tournaments3–5 (NCAA)
1–7 (WNIT)
Accomplishments and honors

Coaching career

Guevara began her coaching career as an assistant at Saginaw Valley State in 1979. After five seasons, she became a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1984, become becoming an assistant coach at Ball State in 1985. Guevara spent a decade as an assistant coach at Michigan State under Karen Langeland, including as associate head coach in the 1995–96 season.[2]

In 1996, Guevara became a head coach for the first time at Michigan. Inheriting a program whose winning percentage in the past four years was under .200, Guevara led Michigan to four consecutive postseason tournament berths, which had never occurred in program history. Guevara earned two Big Ten Coach of the Year honors (1998 and 2000).[2]

She also coached at Auburn University from 2004 to 2007, under Nell Fortner.

In April 2007, Central Michigan hired Guevara as head coach.[2]


In 2009, she was named as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by Brooke Heike, a former player who lost her scholarship after the 2007–08 season.[3] On May 3, 2010, all of Heike's claims against Coach Guevara and Central Michigan University were dismissed as lacking merit.[4]

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals[5][6] (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1982–1984)
1982 Saginaw Valley State 19–143–75th
1983 Saginaw Valley State 17–107–5T–3rd
1984 Saginaw Valley State 20–99–11st
Saginaw Valley State: 56–3319–13

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Michigan Wolverines[7] (Big Ten Conference) (1996–2003)
1996–97 Michigan 15–117–9T–8th
1997–98 Michigan 19–1010–6T–3rdNCAA First Round
1998–99 Michigan 18–128–8T–6thWNIT Second Round
1999–2000 Michigan 22–813–32ndNCAA First Round
2000–01 Michigan 19–1210–65thNCAA Second Round
2001–02 Michigan 17–136–10T–9thWNIT First Round
2002–03 Michigan 13–163–13T–10th
Michigan: 123–8257–55
Central Michigan Chippewas[8] (Mid-American Conference) (2007–2019)
2007–08 Central Michigan 6–232–136th (West)
2008–09 Central Michigan 18–149–74th (West)
2009–10 Central Michigan 12–188–83rd (West)
2010–11 Central Michigan 20–1111–52nd (West)WNIT First Round
2011–12 Central Michigan 20–168–83rd (West)WNIT First Round
2012–13 Central Michigan 21–1212–4T–2nd (West)[9]NCAA First Round
2013–14 Central Michigan 20–1216–21st (West)WNIT First Round
2014–15 Central Michigan 13–187–116th (West)[10]
2015–16 Central Michigan 22–1114–41st (West)WNIT First Round
2016–17 Central Michigan 23–915–31st (West)WNIT First Round
2017–18 Central Michigan 30–517–11st (West)NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2018–19 Central Michigan 20–611–31st (West)NCAA First Round
Central Michigan: 215–151 (.587)104–65 (.615)
Total:337–232 (.592)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 29 Sep 2015.
  2. "Sue Guevara". Central Michigan University. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  3. "Cent. Mich., women's coach sued by ex-player". Associated Press. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  4. "Heike v. Guevara et al".
  5. "Softball – All-Time Coaching Records". Saginaw Valley State University. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  6. "GLIAC softball yearly results" (PDF). GLIAC. p. 3. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  7. "Michigan Women's Basketball Year-by-Year Results". University of Michigan. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  8. "Women's Basketball Year-by-Year Records". Central Michigan University. March 21, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  9. "MAC Standings – 2012–13". ESPN. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  10. "MAC Standings – 2014–15". ESPN. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
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