Gene Stephenson

2014 Hall of Fame

Gene Stephenson took over a college baseball program in 1977 that had been dormant for seven years and built it into a team that is consistently among the top teams in the nation. WSU played in the College World Series championship game in four seasons: 1980,1989,1991, and1993, bringing home the title in 1989. WSU has qualified for the CWS seven times, for regional competition 28 times, and has won 26 Missouri Valley Conference championships. Stephenson?s teams have produced 55 All-Americans that were named to 159 different All-American teams. The Shockers had 157 first team All-MVC players and 92 second team All-MVC players. In addition, 27 academic All-Americans were produced, which was the top mark in the nation. Coaching for 36 years at WSU, from 1978 to 2013, Stephenson won 1,837 games, while losing only 675, with 3 ties which is a .750 win percentage. That is an average of 51 wins per season, which is the best in NCAA D-I history. His win total places him second, just behind Auggie Garrido of Texas. At this time, 160 WSU players have signed MLB contracts, with 34 players making it to the majors. When Stephenson left the program, approx. $20 million had been privately raised and there was still $2.3 million left in the building and operation fund. He was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. Gene has been a supporter and contributor to the National Baseball Congress as well. He managed the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in 1979 before serving as the NBC Assistant Tournament Director in 1980. In 1986, Gene coached the Wichita Broncos to the NBC state title in the Kansas tournament. His team went on to finish in fifth place in the 1986 NBC World Series. The National Baseball Congress would like to thank you, Gene, for the large role you have played in making this tournament, in its 80th year, as successful as it is. You have provided this tournament with countless talented players over the years and your impact on baseball in the city of Wichita cannot be overstated. Ladies and gentleman please join us in thanking a true baseball legend? Gene Stephenson

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