MISportsNow’s Top Stories of 2019: No. 8 – CMU Coaching Legends Retire
As we approach a new year and a new decade, MISportsNow is looking back at the top 10 area sports stories for 2019. This is the third in a 10-part series.
The 2019 spring season saw a pair of legendary Central Michigan University coaches announcement their retirements.
Longtime CMU softball coach Margo Jonker announced her retirement on Monday, May 13, 2019 after 40 seasons in Mt. Pleasant. Jonker concluded as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history. Her career record of 1,268-808-7 ranks ninth all-time.
Jonker’s teams made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, won a record 10 Mid-American Conference Tournament championships, 10 MAC regular-season titles and secured a one berth each in the NCAA Women’s College World Series and the AIAW College World Series. During her tenure, Jonker coached eight All-Americans, 53 all-region honorees, 87 All-MAC First Team selections and 39 All-MAC Second Teamers. The Chippewas earned seven MAC Player of the Year and six MAC Freshman of the Year honors under Jonker.
McCall Salmon was hired to replace Jonker in June.
On Friday, July 12, 2019, veteran CMU women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara announced her retirement after 12 seasons with the Chippewas.
Guevara posted a 215-151 overall record in 12 seasons, leading the CMU to three Mid-American Conference regular season championships, two MAC tournament titles, five MAC West championships and three NCAA tournament bids, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2018. Guevara’s teams also made five WNIT appearances. She was also named the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year in 2017-18.
Heather Oesterle, who spent nine seasons as an assistant coach under Guevara, took over the reins of the program.