AU Assistant New Chippewa Chief

Auburn, Ala.--Sue Guevara, an assistant coach at Auburn for the past three seasons, will get another shot as a Division I head women's basketball coach.

On Wednesday Guevara was named head coach at Central Michigan University in the Mid-American Conference.

Prior to coming to Auburn, she spent seven seasons at the University of Michigan where she has the most career wins in Michigan history with her 123-82 mark. She led the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament three times and to two WNIT bids. Her 50.9 Big 10 Conference winning percentage is the best in school history. Michigan teams have only made six postseason appearances and five were during her tenure.

"I wouldn't have left Auburn for just anywhere," says Guevara, who is being introduced as the new head coach of the Chippewas at a news conference on Wednesday. "The Central Michigan position was an opportunity for me to go home and be near my family and have them go through the process with me and build this program. This is really something that I just couldn't pass up."

A native of Saginaw, Mich., she is a 1982 graduate of Saginaw State.

"Auburn is on the edge and the program is getting ready to take a big step next year," Guevara says. "When you put a lot into a program and put your heart in, it is hard to leave. It was just something that I couldn't pass up. I had always hoped to have the opportunity to lead again and Central Michigan has provided me this chance. I have learned a lot from Nell (Auburn head coach Nell Fortner) and from being in the SEC. I want to take a little bit of the SEC with me to the Mid-American Conference."

The Tigers posted a 21-13 record this past season and reached the quarter-finals of the WNIT.

"We are all very sorry to see Sue go," Fortner says. "On the other hand we are very happy for her because she is getting the opportunity to be a head coach again. That is something she has always had the desire to do again. In that regard it is a happy day for her.

"She has meant so much to this program and in getting this program to where it is right now, as an assistant coach and friend. Her overall enthusiasm and positive attitude permeated through this staff and our players. She will be sorely missed."

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