By Megan Vina |Staff Writer|
Women’s basketball head coach Susan “Sue” Crebbin is in her second year with the Coyotes and is looking to improve her 14-13 record from last season.
Coyotes currently stand in fifth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference (CCAA), five spots ahead of the pre-season conference poll which projected them to finish 10th.
Crebbin has the help of assistant coaches Tulyah Gaines and Jasmane Clarendon. The three work diligently on and off the court to prepare the team to be successful against their opponents.
Gaines played at Notre Dame, and lead her team to the NCAA tournament in all four seasons.
Clarendon played at Pepperdine where she was a three-time All-Conference first-team selection. She also played professionally in Switzerland.
Before taking on the head coach position for the Coyotes, UC Davis graduate Crebbin, served 10 years as head coach for the San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Wolverines, with a 212-89 overall record.
She led her team to an impressive seven championships in her last eight seasons as head coach for the Wolverines. In addition to coaching, Crebbin also taught in the Kinesiology Department at SBVC.
Previously, she coached at two junior colleges; Yuba and American River in Northern California.
Crebbin values players that are constantly giving their best effort on the court. She believes that if a player puts in hard work and effort each day at practice, that will carry over to the games and they will be successful.
This season, the team was composed of new players due to a large amount of seniors graduating from last year’s squad.
Most other teams in the CCAA have become accustomed to playing with each other. With the record the Coyotes have this season, it doesn’t look like that will be holding them back.
When asked why she wanted to get into coaching Crebbin stated, “It provides an outlet for my competitiveness.”
“I enjoy the challenge of bringing a team together to achieve a common goal,” added Crebbin.
Off the court, Crebbin holds high standards for her team.
Study hall is required for players that do not reach a 3.0 GPA. The team finished with the second highest GPA, 3.145, out of all winter quarter sports.
Crebbin treats her team like family.
“She’s the type of person you can always rely on and I’m grateful she gave me the opportunity to play and finish school at CSUSB,” stated guard Summer Ramsey.
Crebbin wants to see her players succeed off the court as well.
“I love to see the student-athletes graduate and become successful at life by using the skills and confidence they have gained competing on the team and apply it to their life,” stated Crebbin.
The season is coming to an end, but there’s still time to see Crebbin and the Coyotes in action. They are eager for a good run in post season play.
“We are looking to have a strong CCAA finish and get into the regional tournament that follows,” stated Crebbin.