Miami, FL – Women’s sports pioneer and National Hall of Fame Inductee, Susan Summons, adds to her growing list of achievements after locking down her 500th career coaching win. Summons, who is entering her 30th season as the head women's basketball coach at Miami Dade College, hit the impressive milestone during a domineering 101-64 home victory versus Clinton Junior College on December 12, 2015.
“There are a lot of accomplishments that go into the milestone of 500,” Summons said. “It’s not just 500 wins on the court, but the numbers that make up 500 are so many. The 500 students that I’ve worked with. The 500 students athletes; 500 represents them. They are the 500.”
Summons has garnered many accolades during her tenure with the Lady Sharks. She’s been National Coach of the Year, a recipient of the Carol Eckman Award, won the Josten Berenson Award, awarded the National Sports Ethic Fellow Award, along with various other honors.
“Summons is one of the hardest working people that I know,” said Erica Redman, who serves as the Lady Sharks Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach. “Her motor is always running, driving and pushing for students to accomplish their goals. She is definitely a role model for success not only for African-American students, but for all students."
Miami Dade College Athletic Director Anthony Fiorenza said that despite all the victories Summons has amassed during her coaching career, what matters most to her is her kids. That is evident when you hear her talk about the hundreds of past and present players she has mentored toward graduation.
About Susan Summons
Susan Summons is the head coach of Miami Dade College's women’s basketball team. She has made 22 FCCAA State Championship appearances with MDC Teams. She is also a teacher, recruiter, administrator and community relations advocate, locally and internationally and has been recognized as one of the most respected women’s basketball coaches and educators in the United States.
Her energy, enthusiasm and dedication has helped her to have a far-reaching, positive influence on Miami Dade College and in the wider community. Areas in which her presence is felt include the Adjunct Faculty/Social Science department and the Department of Biology Health and Wellness. She is also founder of a non-profit organization, known as Best of the Rest Stars Inc., which provides basketball training for both girls and boys.
Summons’ 500th career win comes after a number of other awards and achievements that have been bestowed upon the former basketball pro, who also wears the hats of motivational speaker and radio personality. She is the recipient of the 2015 Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award and in 2013, she was listed among the 100 most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport. She was also recognized as one of South Florida’s Top 50 Most Powerful African-American Professionals in Business the same year and became a Hall of Famer when she was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.