- Faith & Family
Susan Summons is a pioneer in women’s basketball. From the moment she stepped on the court as a player to her unprecedented career as a head coach for the Miami Dade College Lady Sharks she has been a winner.
Recently to add to her long list of awards and recognitions, Summons was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association [NJCAA] Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, a remarkable national award.
“I was overwhelmed with joy and humbled at the same time because there are still so many lives to touch and championships to win,” said Summons, who was leaving practice when she received the call from the NJCAA President about her induction. “This has been an incredible journey that still has many exits to stop at.”
Summons, who was selected as National Converse Coach of the Year in 1993, also the first Black junior college coach to receive the honor, is also a champion in the classroom. She is an associate professor at Miami Dade College (MDC) and has written several highly publicized and acclaimed articles surrounding various aspects of sports. In 2007 she was name as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute of International Sports.
“A coach is a teacher and a teacher coaches her students to be master students or master student-athletes,” Summons said. “Keep balance which is for some difficult to do, but balance is the key to everything in life.”
Summons ability to balance her life has kept her team’s graduation rate at 93 percent, one of the highest in the U.S. and an accomplishment she is most proud of in addition to her being one of the winningest coaches in junior college boasting a 432-196 at MDC.
Summons has hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster and announcer which is prompted by her experience and growth in radio and public speaking. She has her own segment “The Susan Summons Women’s Hoops and Sports Update” on Passion 1350 FM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturdays at 11:37 a.m. for The National Sports By Line Radio Show. Summons was also invited to host a radio show for the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
“Bouncing basketballs has taught me how to bounce basketballs in life,” Summons said.
By Akilah Laster
Miami Times writer