49ers baseball coach Loren Hibbs got some interest from Wichita State about the Shockers' vacant coaching job recently. But Hibbs, a former Wichita State player and assistant, said in a statement Monday he's staying at Charlotte.
Wichita State athletics director Eric Sexton had asked for and received permission from Charlotte's Judy Rose to speak to Hibbs about replacing long-time coach Gene Stephenson, who recently retired or was forced out (it's not clear which).
“First of all, it was an honor for me to play and coach in such an outstanding program,” said Hibbs. “I learned from the best. Gene Stephenson will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches in college baseball history. Wichita will always hold a special place in my heart.”
"After speaking with Eric (Sexton) and our own administrators at Charlotte, I want to reaffirm my position as head coach with the 49ers," said Hibbs. "I love Charlotte. Our players, our coaches, our administration and our alumni have allowed us to create a special environment here. I am excited about the future of our baseball program and the continued growth of UNC Charlotte.”
Hibbs just completed his 21st season at Charlotte. He helped the Shockers to the 1982 College World Series and was named to the all-tournament team. The 125 runs he scored that season remains an NCAA record.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Posted by Observer Sports at 8:38 PM