Wichita State’s Gene Stephenson will not return after 36 seasons

Wichita State head coach Gene Stephenson, left, looks to the bullpen in the first inning against Kansas State during an NCAA college regional baseball game in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, May 31, 2013. Kansas State scored nine runs against Wichita State in the first inning. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)

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Wichita State head baseball coach Gene Stephenson will not return to the Shockers after spending 36 seasons with the team.

“I love Wichita, I love Wichita State, I love all the players and they’re all like sons to me,” Stephenson said during his emotional press conference.

Stephenson led the Shockers to seven appearances at the College World Series and won the school’s lone NCAA National Championship in 1989.

“I wish the program the very best, the University the very best,” Stephenson said. “Thank You.”

Wichita State (39-28) claimed the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and were eliminated from the NCAA Regional in Manhattan over the weekend with losses to K-State and Arkansas.

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