Sue Syljebeck enters her 16th season as head coach of the Siena Heights women’s basketball program. She is also the interim athletic director at SHU.
Syljebeck has 271 wins at SHU, which ranks her first all-time in program history. In the past six seasons, the Saints have claimed their first four NAIA Tournament berths during the Syljebeck era. In the 2015-16 season, Syljebeck reached her 200th win milestone as a head coach.
Under the leadership of Syljebeck, the Saints finished 2018-19 with a 23-8 overall record and a 15-5 mark in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play. The 23 wins last season was only the seventh 20-win season in program history, six of those seasons have come during coach Syljebeck's time at Siena Heights.
The 2016-17 season was the last 20-win season. In 2014-15 the Saints went 26-8 to trail only the 1978-79 season in which the Saints went 27-2. Siena Heights finished 2014-15 as the 22th-ranked team in the NAIA.
While ranking first all-time in wins, Syljebeck also ranks first in SHU history winning percentage. Her record at SHU of 271-187 has her win percentage at .592, moving her past Sr. Mary Alice Murnen, who went 101-107 for a .486 percentage. Syljebeck also holds the highest career conference winning percentage of .579 with a 154-112 record in WHAC play.
Syljebeck coached the Siena Heights women’s basketball program’s first-ever NAIA First Team All-American, April Watson. Watson, the 2017 SHU graduate, went on to play professionally for TGN Spain, based in Tarragona, Spain.
Syljebeck came to Siena Heights from NCAA Division I school Nicholls State (La.). At Nicholls State, she was the associate head coach before being promoted to interim head coach during the 2003-04 campaign. Syljebeck has also coached at Southern Illinois and New Orleans (La.).
Syljebeck graduated from New Orleans in 1997 with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Performance and Health Promotion. After a successful playing career, she then went on to receive her Master’s of Science degree in Physical Education from Southern Illinois in 2000.