August 30, 1945 |
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Gene Stephenson is an American college baseball coach, who served as the head baseball coach at Wichita State from the start of the 1978 season until June 2013, after that year's season was complete. As of the end of the 2012 season, he had compiled a 1798-647-3 (.735) record. He has the second most wins among active coaches, and ranks second all time in career victories. Only Augie Garrido of the Texas Longhorns has had more wins. He reached 1200 career wins in 22 seasons, a record. On May 21, 2003, he became only the third head coach in NCAA history to win 1400 games, and on May 21, 2005, he became only the second coach to win 1,500 games. Augie Garrido reached that mark two weeks later, and has since surpassed his win total.
When he arrived at Wichita State, he inherited a program that had been dormant for over seven years. In his first year, despite not playing a home game until their 18th game, his Shockers finished with a winning record. In his third year, they made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and in his fifth they advanced all the way to the title game. The team, with four first team All-Americans (seven overall), lost to Miami. This was all the more remarkable considering that until 1984, they played at a bare-bones stadium with only a tiny bleacher section for seating. The momentum from their 1982 title game appearance helped spearhead the building of a permanent facility, Eck Stadium, in 1985.
Under his leadership, the Shockers made seven College World Series and 26 NCAA tournament appearances, including 14 straight tournaments from 1987–2000. His teams never had a losing season. His 1982 team went 73–14, establishing an NCAA record for single-season wins. Stephenson won his first CWS championship in 1989; also in 1989, the Shockers won 24 consecutive games.
Prior to coaching at WSU, he served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma. During that tenure, the Sooners won five league championships, and went to five College World Series.
For most of the day on July 10, 2005, Stephenson was the head coach of Oklahoma. Several hours after accepting the job, however, Stephenson decided to remain at Wichita State, reportedly due to scholarship issues at Oklahoma.
Born in Guthrie, Oklahoma; Gene attended Guthrie High School, then attended the University of Missouri with his first year on a football scholarship. He had better luck playing baseball, however; as a first baseman under legendary coach Hi Simmons, he was an All-American in 1967. Stephenson served a three-year stint in the United States Army, spending one year in Vietnam. Gene has two children, Jay and Ginny.
His younger brother is Phil Stephenson, who played under him from 1980 to 1983. Gene and Phil were inducted into the Guthrie High School Hall of Fame in 1994. Gene was a first team all-state honoree in football and baseball in his senior year.
Head coaching records
|Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (1978–present)|
|1979||Wichita State||65–15||10–2||MVC Tournament|
|1980||Wichita State||53–12–1||7–1||Midwest Regional|
|1981||Wichita State||56–15||15–1||1st (West)||Atlantic Regional|
|1982||Wichita State||73–14||15–1||1st (West)||College World Series|
|1983||Wichita State||55–18||7–1||1st (West)||Midwest Regional|
|1984||Wichita State||40–22||7–7||4th||MVC Tournament|
|1985||Wichita State||68–20||15–5||1st||Midwest Regional|
|1986||Wichita State||45–18||12–8||2nd||MVC Tournament|
|1987||Wichita State||59–20||13–7||1st||West I Regional|
|1988||Wichita State||56–16–1||16–4||1st||College World Series|
|1989||Wichita State||68–15||13–5||1st||College World Series|
|1990||Wichita State||45–19||14–6||t-1st||Midwest Regional|
|1991||Wichita State||66–13||21–3||1st||College World Series|
|1992||Wichita State||56–11||18–3||1st||College World Series|
|1993||Wichita State||58–17||17–3||1st||College World Series|
|1994||Wichita State||45–17||19–2||1st||Midwest Regional|
|1995||Wichita State||53–17||24–8||1st||Midwest I Regional|
|1996||Wichita State||54–11||24–4||1st||College World Series|
|1997||Wichita State||51–18||21–7||1st||South II Regional|
|1998||Wichita State||56–7||26–1||1st||Midwest Regional|
|1999||Wichita State||59–14||24–7||1st||Wichita Regional|
|2000||Wichita State||44–21||24–8||1st||Minneapolis Regional|
|2001||Wichita State||42–24||21–11||2nd||MVC Tournament|
|2002||Wichita State||47–17||23–9||1st||Wichita Regional|
|2003||Wichita State||49–27||19–13||2nd||Houston Regional|
|2004||Wichita State||49–16||28–4||1st||Fayetteville Regional|
|2005||Wichita State||51–24||16–8||2nd||Knoxville Regional|
|2006||Wichita State||46–22||15–9||3rd||Norman Regional|
|2007||Wichita State||53–22||20–4||1st||Wichita Super Regional|
|2008||Wichita State||48–17||19–5||1st||Tallahassee Super Regional|
|2009||Wichita State||30–27||11–7||3rd||Norman Regional|
|2010||Wichita State||41–19||15–6||t-1st||MVC Tournament|
|2011||Wichita State||39–26||14–7||2nd||MVC Tournament|
|2012||Wichita State||35–25||12–9||3rd||MVC Tournament|
|2013||Wichita State||39–28||15–6||2nd||Manhattan Regional|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Incomplete (records unavailable for 1978).
- "The History of Shocker Baseball" (PDF). GoShockers.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Kimmey, Will (12 July 2005). "True Shocker: Stephenson returns to Wichita State". Baseball America. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
- Chronicling 36 years with Gene Stephenson at Wichita State; The Wichita Eagle; June 4, 2013.
- Sexton says Stephenson’s 36-year tenure could’ve ended differently; The Wichita Eagle; June 4, 2013.
- Sources: Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson given choice of his exit as baseball coach; The Wichita Eagle; June 3, 2013.
- Bob Lutz: Stephenson has final chance to protect legacy; The Wichita Eagle; June 3, 2013.
- Gene Stephenson Official Biography; Wichita State University.
- "History & Records" (PDF). 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Media Guide. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "History" (PDF). Wichita State Shockers Baseball Media Guide. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.