Guevara To Enter Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame

CMU coach Sue Guevara addresses the McGuirk Arena crowd after a Chippewa game last season. Guevara will be inducted in November into the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.
CMU coach Sue Guevara addresses the McGuirk Arena crowd after a Chippewa game last season. Guevara will be inducted in November into the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.
April 19, 2018

Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The awards, honors and accolades keep rolling in for Central Michigan women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara.

Guevara, who led the Chippewas to unprecedented heights in 2017-18, will be inducted into the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame in November. The hall announced its seven-member 2018 class on Wednesday.

Guevara, a native of Saginaw and a graduate of St. Stephen’s High School in Saginaw, is in her 11th year as the Chippewas coach. She earned the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award and was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Chippewas to both the MAC regular-season and tournament championships, a program record 30 wins, and the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

The Chippewas’ two NCAA Tournament wins were the first in program history.

“Saginaw, my humble beginnings,” Guevara said. “I’m just so grateful to the people who have helped me along the way – friends I played with, my coaches in Saginaw. I grew up in Hoyt Park playing softball, skating, playing city league basketball. That was my passion way back then. That’s the only place I wanted to be, on the diamond or on the court … my teammates that I played basketball with at St. Stephen’s and the rivalries we had with Sts. Peter and Paul.

“Saginaw is just a really hard-working community and I think that’s where I got my values and an appreciation for athletics and what they can do for you. I’m very grateful, and I’m nowhere without my family and the support they have given me.”

Guevara took over at CMU prior to the 2007-08 season. She has led the Chippewas to 20 or more wins in seven of the last eight seasons and is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 206-148 record. She guided CMU to its second-consecutive MAC regular-season title in 2017-18, marking the first time since the mid 1980s that the Chippewas have won back-to-back league titles.

Guevara was a standout basketball player at Saginaw Valley State, from which she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1982. She began her coaching career at her alma mater, coaching both basketball and softball. She served as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1984-85, where she earned her master’s degree.

She served as an assistant at Ball State and then went to Michigan State in 1987, eventually rising to the level of associate head coach with the Spartans. Guevara was the head coach at Michigan from 1996-2003 and then served as an assistant at Auburn before returning to her home state to take over the Chippewas.

Guevara will be inducted into the hall with basketball players Tory Jackson, Terrance Roberson and Danielle Kamm, baseball player Dennis Konuszewski, football player Stuart Schweigert, athletic official Rick Havercroft, and Saginaw High School’s 1999 state championship football team.

The induction banquet is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4 at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township. Tickets, which are $50, can be obtained by calling (989) 737-4725, (989) 799-4122, or (989) 752-2861.

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