Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida women’s basketball
team features five seniors on its 2009-10 roster. Naturally, all five
have enjoyed unique experiences during their collegiate careers. Take
Susan Yenser for example.
She signed scholarship papers to attend the University of Florida in
May of 2007 under head coach Amanda Butler after spending her first two collegiate years at Clemson University, where she signed to play under Jim Davis - a former Gator assistant coach (1986-87) - who resigned before Yenser had the opportunity to suit up for him.
The 5-foot-10 guard made 10 starts during her debut season with the
Gators last year, when she tallied 18 treys at a 34-percent clip. Yenser
earned such high respect from her teammates that they voted her captain during the season she was required to sit-out per NCAA rules for transfers.
“Susan is a very confident offensive player. She gets most of her
points from behind the three-point line because of her high basketball
IQ,” Butler shared. “Susan’s value continues to be her voice and
her presence in the locker room and the intangibles are huge for our
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Marietta, Ga., native
said the following, “I wanted to be the attacker instead of sitting
It sounds like something you can envision Coach Butler describing the
Gators and their style of play on the court.
That statement Yenser made, however, was regarding her graduation
She will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Management this
December. Yenser was accepted into UF’s Information Systems &
Operations Management (ISOM) program and begins coursework toward a master’s degree in January of 2010.
“When I first arrived at Florida, my thought was to stretch out my
classes and graduate in Spring 2010,” Yenser shared. “As I got
closer to planning which classes to take, I decided I didn’t want to
do that. I wanted to get my diploma.”
Yenser spent the summer of 2009 working in a retail management position at Sears, completing the required internship she needed en route to earning her undergraduate degree. That experience helped make her decision even easier.
“The two classes I’m taking this semester are more fun and I’ve
gotten more out of them because I’ve had that internship
experience,” Yenser said. “When I’m learning something in the
book, I can totally picture it in my internship and that’s actually
the reason why I wanted to go into grad school. It sparked an interest
and I knew I wanted to learn more to prepare myself for the future. The
classes now really apply to what I did during the summer and I wanted to learn as much about it as I could.”
Not only did the summer internship help peak Yenser’s interest in the
business world, she was offered a full-time job at the end of her
“I have to let them know by December if I want to accept the job or
not,” Yenser said. “I would train for a year to become a manager at
one of their stores. It’s a big decision to make in the middle of my
senior season, but it’s really exciting to know that I have a job and
it’s one that has everything I would want right out of college.”
When Coach Butler shared her thoughts about Yenser’s ability on the
court and what she brings to the Gators, she might as well have been
talking about Yenser’s abilities in the business world.
“I’ve gone to different career fairs on campus and I’m a lot more
confident because I have a job offer,” Yenser said. “I’m a
management major and what I’m learning is along the lines of
Information Technology and using computers to gain competitive
advantages in business.”
Yenser has appeared in 89 games and is a career 35.0-percent shooter
during her three-year college career, during which she’s been a leader
on the court and a role model off it.
“My schedule for next semester is pretty intense,” Yenser said.
“It’s going to be difficult, especially when we’re in-season. I
know this plan will cause extra work but I really like what I’m doing
It sounds as though Yenser is not afraid of working hard to accomplish
what she wants. She is clearly focused on her goals – one with a
basketball in her hand as she stands beyond the arc and another on
succeeding in the competitive business world without one.