What They’re Saying About Sue Darling…
Courtney Banghart - Head Women’s Basketball Coach - Princeton University
"Building and sustaining a winning tradition involves many facets and there's no doubt that Sue Darling has all the intangibles to be successful at Northern Arizona. First and foremost, she is someone who gets the big picture by caring about and succeeding in all of the little things along the way. Sue has a genuine respect for the student-athlete experience and will be a great mentor to her players. She is a caring communicator on and off the court, with a humility and kindness that will serve her well with the various constituents of her program. She has a wealth of experience, having coached the game at a variety of levels all over country. She also has deep roots in the state of Arizona and has earned the respect of the coaches and athletes in the state. It's a very exciting time for Northern Arizona Women's Basketball, just as it's an exciting time for Sue to make her mark."
Niya Butts – Head Women’s Basketball Coach – University of Arizona
“We are extremely happy for Coach Darling. I think she will do a great job at NAU. Certainly we will miss her, but understand she is ready to start her own program over there. I will be cheering for them all the time, except when they play Arizona.”
Jacquie Hullah - Head Basketball Coach - Carnegie Mellon University
"As a veteran of the game, Sue brings a wealth of experience, talent and leadership qualities to NAU Women's Basketball. Current players and prospective recruits will be drawn to Sue's infectious attitude and positive coaching style. She is a player's coach with tremendous teaching, communication, and motivational skills that will be an immediate and lasting impact on the program."
Ify Ibekwe - University of Arizona Former Player
“Playing for Coach Darling was one of the best experiences I could ever have at the UA. She is fun and energetic. She was an amazing coach who wants every one of her players to improve and get better. She worked with us on and off the court. She is an amazing person who is loving and caring. She brought us together as a team because of who she is.”
Annette Gutierrez - Head Girl’s Basketball Coach - Tucson High School (Former player)
“Coach Darling is an unbelievable coach. She was my coach in high school and was one of the most motivating and inspirational coaches I have had in my basketball career. She is a hard-working and has an awesome positive attitude. She is able to connect in special ways with her players and bring out the best in them. NAU is very lucky to have her.”