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    • Susie Gardner

      Mercer coach Susie Gardner has restored the pride in the Bears basketball team that the school enjoyed at the beginning of the women’s program when it got started back in the early 1970’s. In nine seasons at Mercer the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee native has become the Bears all time winningest coach in school history with a 169-118 record. Her teams have won or shared four consecutive Regular season Southern Conference championships and won tournament titles in 2018 and 2019 to secure bids in the NCAA tournament. They took a 27 game winning streak into the 2018 NCAA tournament before losing to the University of Georgia in the first round. In 2019 Susie’s team had won 17 straight before being ousted by Iowa in a first round game 66-61. She is a two time So Con Coach of the year having won the award in both 2018 and 2019. Mercer currently has a 34 regular game winning streak in Southern Conference play dating back over the last two seasons. Prior to coming to Mercer Gardner had served as Head Coach at Austin Peay State University as well as at the University of Arkansas. Her overall coaching record is 345-265 in 20 seasons as a head coach. A standout player at the University of Georgia Susie served as a graduate assistant at her alma mater and also as an assistant at San Diego State and at the University of Florida. (more)

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