CMU Women’s Basketball Coach Retires After 12 Years

Central Michigan University head women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara announced her retirement today after 12 years leading the program.

“It is time,” Guevara said. “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.”

Guevara led the Chippewas to a 231-156 record over the last 12 seasons. She leaves with the most wins in program history and the fifth-most wins in Mid-American Conference history. Guevara was also named the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year in 2017-18, as well as the MAC Coach of the Year for the second time.

“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,” Guevara said. “Hopefully, I did CMU proud because I gave it everything I had over the past 12 years and loved every second of it.”

The Chippewas rose to the national stage under Guevara’s watch. CMU made the NCAA tournament in 2013, 2018 and 2019.

Guevara and the Chippewas turned in a 2017-18 season for the record books. Guevara brought home the first NCAA tournament victory in school history with a 78-69 first-round victory over LSU. The Chippewas weren’t done yet, though, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history with a second-round victory over Ohio State. The Chippewas finished 30-5 and ranked No. 20 in the final AP poll.

“I will miss a lot about leading this program but the thing I will miss the most will be the student-athletes,” Guevara said. “I have been blessed with having so many young women and their families who have committed to this program and given it their all.”

Guevara also served as Michigan’s head coach from 1996-2003.

Heather Oesterle will become the new head coach for CMU. She has been an assistant for Guevara for the last nine years.