MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WXYZ) — Sue Guevara, the winningest women's basketball coach in Central Michigan University history, is retiring, the university announced on Friday morning. A press conference is expected to be held Friday afternoon.
In a press release, Guevara, who has been with the Chippewas for the past 12 seasons, said it was time to retire.
"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," she said in the release. "Hopefully, I did CMU proud because I gave it everything I had over the past 12 years and loved every second of it."
In her 12 seasons with CMU, Guevara posted a record of 231-156 and ranks fifth all-time in the MAC.
"Sue Guevara has not only made a tremendous impact on this university, but also the entire community," Central Michigan President Robert O. Davies said. "She is a transformational leader whose energy and passion elevates all those around her. We talk about our primary goal being diplomas in one hand and championship rings on the other when student-athletes leave CMU. Sue has certainly accomplished that in her time here and set the standard for us."
Last season, the Chippewas won their third-straight MAC Championship and made the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. She was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2018-19, her third time getting that honor.
In 2017-18, Guevara led the Chippewas to the Sweet 16 after beating No. 24 LSU and No. 10 Ohio State, and in 2016-17, she earned CMU's first MAC Championship since 1985.