Boston Public Schools Sports Blog 

Former Burke Basketball Star Joins Hall of Fame

Although she has been living, coaching, and teaching in Miami for the last 27 years, when Susan Summons reminisces about her basketball exploits at Burke High, in the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League, at Roxbury Community College, and for the New England Gulls, she makes it sound as though she were lacing up her sneakers just yesterday.

“I’m a Beantown baby, what can I say?” Summons said during a telephone interview Monday.

In real time, however, the Miami Dade College women’s basketball coach has spent the last 27 years taking her Lady Sharks to 22 Region 8 championship tournaments while maintaining a 93 percent graduation rate among her players. 

Susan Summons part of 1st Women’s Professional Basketball League

Susan Summons  is a nationally acclaimed international motivational speaker, author, sports educator, Hall of Fame inductee, professor, master teacher and speechwriter. She was part of the first Women’s Professional Basketball League. In an interview with her, rolling out asked the following questions:

What inspires you to go to work every day?

The passion of knowing that every day counts…and that my mother, father and brother fought with courage and strength but lost a fight to the terrible disease cancer. … Their strength is my strength to be all I can be, to touch as many lives as I can … 

 Lamar University 

Lamar Cardinal Joins Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Honoring her life-long achievements in and contributions to the sport of basketball, former Lamar University women's basketball player and current Miami-Dade College head coach Susan Summons was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 9.
Summons spent the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons as a Cardinal after two seasons at Roxbury Community College in the suburbs of Boston, Mass., where she was an All-American and helped her team reach the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament in consecutive seasons. She averaged 18.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field for Lamar and set an NCAA single-game scoring record with 43 points against McNeese State that stood for seven years – the current record is 60 points set by Long Beach State's Cindy Brown against San Jose State on Feb. 16, 1987.

Miami Herald 

Longtime Miami Dade College coach Susan Summons set for Hall of Fame honor

In 1977 and again in ’78, a 5-9 point guard named Susan Summons, coached by Alfreda Harris, helped Roxbury Community College, located in the suburbs of Boston, to the National Junior College championship tournament.

Now, 35 years after Summons started playing for Harris, the two have been selected for induction into the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place July 26 in Niceville.

Summons went on to play two years at Lamar University before returning to Roxbury in 1982 to be the program’s coach. She stayed on at Roxbury through 1986, when she began her long run as the coach at Miami Dade College.

Women's Basketball Coach Susan Summons is named Southern Conference Coach of the Year

The Miami Dade College Lady Sharks women's basketball team's head coach Susan Summons was named the 2018 Southern Conference Coach of the Year. Summons with the help of her associate head coach Erica Redman created a state championship contending team. The Lady Sharks dominated throughout their regular season and their record shows...

The Reporter

Her ultimate goal is to create champions in life

Nearly all of Coach Susan Summons' student-athletes continue to 4-year schools. 

Miami Dade College’s head women’s basketball coach, Susan Summons, was honored with the 2016 Victory Club award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) last month.

Summons, who has been at MDC for 30 years, was given the honor after earning her 500th career win this past December. The 500-win milestone came on Dec. 12, 2015 during a 101-64 home victory versus Clinton Junior College. Summons said the award is another highlight that reminds her that hard work brings good rewards.

College Forum

Hall of Fame a new beginning for winning coach

Miami Dade College women’s basketball coach Susan Summons was inducted recently into the Florida Community College Activities Association’s Hall of Fame.

Although entering the Hall of Fame is often the culmination of someone’s life work, Summons views it simply as a new starting point.

“It’s not the end,” said Summons, in her 26th year as MDC’s coach. “It’s just the beginning.”

And with Summons, you can believe it. She has numerous projects going on in addition to coaching and teaching at Miami Dade College.

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