Sue Guevara steps down as Women's Basketball Coach

After 2 straight years of failing to reach .500 in conference play, Sue Guevara has decided to end her coaching tenure at Michigan. She is credited with having resurrected a program that had gone 7-20 the year before she arrived. The improvement was immediate, as she went 15-11 her first year and took teams to post season play in each of the next 5 seasons (including the NCAA tournament 3 times). Still, those accomplishments couldn't offset her disappointment resulting from the past 2 seasons.

Just last week the Michigan Daily profiled issues of discontent amongst current and former players, as well as a former coach (Daily Article on Guevara). In that article Coach Guevara voiced her plans of coming back. It also mentioned a meeting that was to take place between she and Athletic Director Bill Martin. It's apparent that her plans changed prior to the meeting, as Mr. Martin made clear in the following statement:

"Sue is a wonderful person and a real professional, understanding that our program needs a change. We talked Monday night when she informed me of her decision and stated her last two seasons didn't live up to Michigan's or her own personal standards."

It is not clear if the aforementioned discontent was the catalyst for the decision. It is, however, clear from her final statement that the performance over the past two seasons weighed very heavily upon her:

"We have had two consecutive rough Big Ten seasons and I think the program needs a change. I believe we have accomplished many positive goals for this program and I think we have put the program in a position that it can be nationally competitive. I would like to thank Michigan for giving me the opportunity of being a head coach at a major university."

Guevara leaves Michigan with a 123-82 record overall and 57-55 record in the Big Ten. Bill Martin indicated that associate athletic director Megan McCallister will chair a screening committee that will implement a search similar to the one employed when Michigan hired men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker.

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