Sue Ewart Announces Retirement From Long Beach State
Longtime coach leaves after 18 years with the 49ers
May 8, 2014
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State's women's golf staff has announced that after serving five years as assistant coach and 13 seasons as head coach, Sue Ewart will be retiring from coaching.
"She's been instrumental in growing the program to where it is today," head coach Joey Cerulle said. "Personally, she's been a mentor of mine and has really helped me grow as a coach. She's touched the lives of so many people over the years and I know that she'll be missed by everyone. I wish the very best in her retirement and I hope to continue to see her on the course playing her favorite game."
In the last five years as the 49ers' assistant, Ewart helped the team capture numerous team and individual titles and three runner-up finishes at the Big West Conference Championship. Ewart has also been instrumental in the creation and organization of the 49ers' home tournament, The Gold Rush.
Ewart's run as head coach came to an end after the 2008-09 campaign, one of the finest seasons in school history. She was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year after leading The Beach to its first ever Big West Conference Championship and a spot in the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Ariz.
"It's time to close this chapter and begin a new one," Ewart said. "It was just time to step away and put more focus on family. At some point you have to take care of yourself and those around you."
"What I've treasured most at Long Beach State is the relationships with the students. We've had some really great kids come through here and watching them grow up and mature has been a true pleasure. I hope that I've improved the program a little bit, but it's time for someone else to come in and take a turn."
During her career at LBSU, Ewart led the 49ers to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and earned Big West Conference Coach of the Year recognition twice (2005 and 2009). She coached 49er All-American Kay Hoey to a pair of Big West Conference Golfer of the Year Awards, as well as a pair of All-America honors and a Big West individual title in 2007. Ewart also coached Hoey to Big West Conference Freshman of the Year honors, one of two freshman of the year Ewart coached. Overall, Ewart coached 47 players to all-conference recognition with 15 of them earning first-team honors.
Ewart's players excelled in the classroom as well, with 35 earning All-Big West Student-Athlete honors, eight claiming Academic All-America status and one (Hayley Wilkinson) winning the NGCA Kim Moore Spirit Award.
In 1997, Ewart was inducted into the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame.
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