Sue Gunter Quotes

Quotes in Honor of Sue Gunter
Updated 8/5/05

Please check back throughout the week for updates, as a few of the thousands who knew and loved coach Sue Gunter respond to her passing.

"It's obviously been a difficult day for me. Not only have I lost a great friend and mentor, but the game of basketball has lost one of its true pioneers. She not only made a huge difference in my life, but in the life of everyone associated with women's basketball. I am who I am in no small part because of the role she has played in my life -- both as a coach and as a person. I feel a great sense of responsibility to carry on her legacy at LSU. In one way I lost someone very special today -- but in a more important way I know she will always be a part of me."
- LSU women's basketball head coach Pokey Chatman

"LSU will miss Sue Gunter, but will always remember her. Sue not only represented LSU for many years, but she also represented our country as coach of the US Olympic team, and she always did so with great pride, grace, and humility. She was one of a select few women whose perseverance and dedication to her sport many years ago helped create the popularity of women s athletics that exists today."
- LSU Director of Athletics Skip Bertman

"She was a great lady and she was also a very good player, that's something a lot of people don't know about her. She played for Nashville Business College, the number one team in the country. She was good. She was one of the early pioneers in coaching the women's game we know today. She washed the uniforms and scrubbed the floors and all the things that coaches did back then when they first got started. She has been voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. A great honor."
- Former LSU Athletics Director Joe Dean

"In the last five years, LSU has lost two great women's basketball coaches and two very nice ladies in Jinx Coleman and now Sue Gunter. Sue and I had a great relationship that went further than just on the basketball court. Our teams supported each other. They went to each other's games. We watched the other team practice. There was not one time in 15 years of working together that Sue and I had a conflict. It was just the opposite. We were always good, good friends. I'll miss her. She was gallant right until the end."
- Former LSU men's basketball coach Dale Brown

"Sue Gunter was a wonderful friend, an exceptional person and an incredibly talented basketball coach. Sue was definitely one of the pioneers of women's collegiate basketball. She was one of my mentors. I learned so much from Sue about the X's and O's of the game of basketball. But more importantly, she taught me about the delicate balance of coaching and teaching the game and the value of great player-coach relationships. She made playing basketball fun due to her ability to connect with her players. Personally, I am going to miss her tremendously and I know the game is going to miss her."
- Pat Summitt, Tennessee head coach

"I loved her. There was always a lot of respect, not just as a coach, but in life. She was an unbelievable friend and sister. I will always cherish what we had. And she was a hell of a coach."
- ESPN analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers

"Sue was one of the keystones of women's basketball. She was a role model for all players and coaches to use. She had the ability to be a great competitor on the court as well as have great compassion for her players and fellow coaches."
- former Auburn head coach Joe Ciampi

"When you look at Sue's record and all the accomplishments throughout her career, it s easy to say that we have lost a great coach. But, in reality we have lost a better person."
- Ohio State women's basketball coach Jim Foster

"A lot of the things you see today in the game of women's basketball are due to a large price earlier paid by people such as Sue Gunter. I had the utmost respect for her as a person and as a coach. She will really be missed in our game. Her achievements and legacy will far exceed her wins and losses, even though they were very impressive in her case."
- Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech women's basketball head coach

"Personally, I feel like I lost my best friend. Basketball lost one of its heroes. She is legendary. The things that she has done and the way she did them are just remarkable."
- Andy Landers, Georgia head coach

"I am very saddened today. Sue's passing is a great loss for our sport and a personal loss of a close friend. My thoughts are with Sue's family and those at LSU at this sad time."
- Jody Conradt, Texas head coach

"Just sadness ... that was my first thought. At the same time it made me relive the times I spent with Sue Gunter on the recruiting trail. Those were good times. The coaching profession has lost a great one today. No question she is one of the pioneers. She's a legend in the women's game."
- Kim Mulkey-Robertson, Baylor head coach

"The loss of Sue Gunter is a great loss to the basketball community not only in Louisiana, but across the country. She played a tremendous role in laying the ground work for the growth of women's basketball and for the opportunities now for young women coming into the sport. She had a true passion for the game of basketball, and that was obvious when you played against her teams."
- Lisa Stockton, Tulane head coach

"It saddens all of us in the women's basketball world to see the passing of one of the great, great people in Sue Gunter. A person you absolutely loved. There was not a person I respected more that Sue Gunter. Not only did we lose a great coach, but we lost an even better person."
- Van Chancellor, Houston Comets head coach