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Michigan hires former KU player

Burnett takes over Wolverine women’s program

April 22, 2003

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— Michigan introduced former Southwest Missouri State coach and Kansas University graduate Cheryl Burnett as its new women's basketball coach Monday.

Burnett replaces Sue Guevara, who resigned March 24 as Michigan's winningest coach with a 123-82 record over seven seasons.

Burnett resigned from Southwest Missouri State almost a year ago as its most-successful coach -- with a 319-136 mark -- after leading the program to the Final Four twice from 1987-2002.

Burnett left in part because she said, "I want to run a Top 25 program, not a mid-major." She was out of coaching this past season, after withdrawing from consideration to be Minnesota's coach last May.

Burnett, who coached the high-scoring Jackie Stiles, was known at Southwest Missouri State for her demanding coaching style that often included foot stomping and shrill whistling.

Burnett has often expressed interest in returning to her alma mater, but the Kansas job has been held for the last 30 years by Marian Washington, and Washington has one more year remaining on her contract.

Guevara led the Wolverines to the NCAA tournament in 1998, 2000 and 2001. But the Wolverines, who were 13-16 overall this season, tied Northwestern for the worst record in the Big Ten with a 3-13 conference mark.

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