Sunday, April 18, 2004
Stephenson #2 all-time in college winsPosted by Matthew Namee
Yesterday, Wichita State beat Southern Illinois in the first game of a doubleheader, giving coach Gene Stephenson his 1,428th career victory (all with Wichita State). The win moved Stephenson into second place on the all-time college wins list, ahead of former Texas coach Cliff Gustafson.
Stephenson is less than 40 wins behind the #1 guy, current Texas coach Augie Garrido (who has 1,465), but Garrido is still racking up victories (his Longhorns are the #1 team in the country). Garrido is 65 years old, so he's probably only got a few more years of coaching left. Stephenson, meanwhile, is 58, and will likely pass Garrido for #1 all-time before he's through.
Matthew Namee cofounded The Hardball Times in 2004, when he was working as the assistant to baseball author and Red Sox executive Bill James. Matthew still lives in Kansas, where he is currently pursuing a law degree. He can be reached at mfnamee [at] gmail [dot] com.