June 4, 2013
2013 Coaching Changes
Stephenson Fired at Wichita
Gene Stephenson, the head coach at Wichita State
for the past 36 seasons, has been fired by the school.
Stephenson posted a record of 1,837-675-3 during
his time with the Shockers. He is second on the all-time list
for Division I career wins. Stephenson led the Shockers to the
Missouri Valley Conference title and a trip to the NCAA
Tournament this year, their first regional appearance since
2009. WSU finished the season with a record of 39-28, including
15-6 in the MVC.
Stephenson led WSU to a national championship in
1989, one of seven trips to the College World Series. The
Shockers claimed 20 MVC regular season titles and 18 tourney
crowns. Stephenson coached 54 All-Americans.
Assistant coach Brent Kemnitz will handle the
daily operation of the program until a new head coach is hired.
WSU is attempting to extend the contract of Kemnitz, which
current runs through the 2014 season. Kemnitz has removed
himself as a candidate to be head coach.
A national search will be conducted for the new