Kake Sports' Shane Ewing sat down with former Shocker Baseball Coach Gene Stephenson in an exclusive interview. In part one of "The Legacy of Gene Stephenson," Stephenson explains how his dreams were fulfilled at Wichita St.
"There were no bats or balls on the campus of Wichita State University in the spring of 1977. Five years later, the resurrected varsity baseball program was in the final game of the College World Series, fulfilling the seemingly impossible promise made by Gene Stephenson when he began recruiting players to a place that didn't even have a practice field. Stephenson would lead the Shockers for over three decades, but those first five years with the team set him on the course that put him among the winningest coaches in college baseball history" -- Wichita State Baseball Comes Back book description.