Your 36 years at Wichita State and as part of the Wichita community leave a great legacy:
1977 Gene was hired to restart WSU Baseball.
1978 WSU gets its first win under Stephenson.
1980 WSU wins its first MVC Tournament and Stephenson earns his first MVC coach of the year honor.
1981 WSU defeats Clemson for its first NCAA victory.
1982 WSU defeats Fort Hays State for the program’s 500th victory, defeats Southern Illinois to win the MVC Tournament and defeats New Orleans to win the South Regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time. Gene Stephenson is named coach of the year by All-America Baseball News. WSU’s 73 victories (73-14) still stands as the NCAA record for wins in a season.
1985 WSU defeats Kansas Newman in its first game at Eck Stadium. WSU defeats Indiana State to win the MVC Tournament.
1987 WSU defeats Kearney (Neb.) State for Stephenson’s 500th victory.
1988 The Shockers open the College World Series with victories over Florida & Arizona State.
1989 WSU defeats Kearney State to start a 24-game winning streak, still the program’s best. WSU defeats Michigan to win the regional and WSU opens the CWS with a victory over Arkansas. At the CWS WSU defeats top-seeded Florida State and goes on to win the national title with a victory over Texas. Stephenson is named national coach of the year by the Sporting News and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
1990 Tyler Green throws the program’s only nine-inning no-hitter.
1991 WSU defeats California to win the Midwest Regional at Eck Stadium, and WSU defeats Creighton to return to the CWS title game, however they lose to LSU.
1993 WSU defeats Ohio State to win the regional title and WSU defeats Arizona to open the CWS and a WSU victory over Oklahoma State sent the Shockers back to the title game.
1995 WSU defeats Creighton 4-0 to give Stephenson his 1,000th victory.
1998 WSU defeats Southeast Missouri State in the opener of the Midwest Regional, the Shockers’ 34th straight victory at Eck Stadium. Stephenson wins his 12th MVC coach of the year honor.
2002 WSU defeats Southern Illinois to clinch the MVC title for the 15th time in 16 seasons.
2003 WSU’s victory over SMSU in 11 innings, sends the Shockers into the championship round of the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium.
2004 WSU defeats Southern Illinois to win its third straight MVC Tournament title.
2005 Stephenson wins his 1,500th game, becoming the second NCAA coach to do so. WSU defeats Creighton to win its 15th MVC Tournament.
2007 The Shockers clinch the MVC title with a win over Illinois State at Eck Stadium. WSU advances to the MVC tournament championship round, defeats Creighton to force a second championship game and The NCAA awards WSU one of 16 regional sites. WSU attends its first super regional.
2008 WSU clinches the MVC title and run-rules Missouri State in the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium.
2009 WSU defeats Creighton to win the MVC Tournament at Eck Stadium.
2013 Stephenson wins his 1,800th game at Arkansas-Little Rock.
“You gave Wichita 36 great years and are an icon in collegiate baseball, and an icon at WSU – I’m proud to consider you my friend. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!” – Dawson Grimsley
THANK YOU for 36 WONDERFUL years, Gene!
From the Davis-Moore Family