Wichita State Shockers AD Releases Statement On Need For New Head Baseball Coach

WICHITA – Wichita State University Director of Athletics Kevin Saal released the following statement this morning regarding the need for WSU to move forward and begin searching for a new head coach, and thanked the work that interim head coach Loren Hibbs.

Dear Shocker Nation,

Over the last eight months, we have examined the state of our treasured baseball program, its recent challenges and what is needed moving forward. After careful and comprehensive thought – considering all factors and circumstances – we will launch a national search for a new Head Baseball Coach.

These decisions weigh heavy on our hearts, because of their resulting impact on the people we care most deeply about… our student-athletes, coaches and Shocker Nation. We want to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to Interim Head Coach Loren Hibbs and our entire staff – Mike Pelfrey, Mike Sirianni, Nate Brisco, Conor Behrens and Lottie Talbott – for their commitment to our Baseball program and student-athletes during excessively challenging times. Coach Hibbs returned to Wichita State in an administrative capacity, after leading UNC Charlotte Baseball for nearly three decades. While we’re certain he did not return to Wichita with the intent to serve as head coach, we are grateful for his willingness to step forward on short notice, providing invaluable experience and leadership during a time of transition.

Shocker Baseball has a rich and storied tradition of success, having won 37 league championships and earned 27 NCAA Tournament berths in its history, including two Super Regionals, seven College World Series appearances and one National Championship. Additionally, our program maintains a tradition for developing elite student-athletes boasting 56 college All-Americans, 42 Major League Baseball players and 15 first-round draft picks.

Our history and tradition define future success for this program. To progressively compete for league championships, deep runs in the NCAA Tournament and national championships, we must maintain a selfless commitment to purpose, an elite attention to detail, and a sense of urgency to return this program to Omaha.

While we don’t have a definitive timeline for naming a new head coach, please know that we will work efficiently and thoughtfully, and we are confident that candidate interest will be strong.

Transitions are always challenging, and we commend our student-athletes, coaches and staff for admirably navigating adversity these last many months. Our student-athletes are determined and have never given up the fight for Wichita. We appreciate their stated desire and displayed commitment to returning this program to greatness.

Thank you for your patience and support during this transition.

Kevin Saal, Director of Athletics

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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