Last week’s firing of Gene Stephenson was the hot topic of conversation around Wichita. Stephenson was Wichita State head baseball coach for 36 years, building the program from scratch when it was revived in the late seventies … winning many conference titles … taking his teams to post season play … and winning one national championship.
Next year he can collect a half million dollars with his contract, without leaving his sofa, if he chooses. He’s said he might like to continue coaching.
Gene Stephenson has had a huge impact on the university and this community. He’s helped make baseball a big source of Shocker pride. His leadership has brought students to the school, filled seats at the stadium, and generated large amounts of cash for W-S-U and local merchants.
The guy’s made an economic impact on Wichita. He’s also made friends and critics.
That happens when someone tries to do something great.
Our thought for today is from Elbert Hubbard:
“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”