Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

EHS hires new basketball coach

July 4, 2001

The Eudora High School boys basketball team will begin its 2001-02 season with a coach who has enjoyed success at the 4A level.

EHS Athletic Director Larry McPherson chose veteran basketball coach Scott Stein of Bonner Springs to take the reins for the Cardinals next season. Stein knows the road to Salina, the home of the 4A State Basketball Tournament, as he led North Central Kansas League member Abilene High School to a 4A state championship in 1992 and a runner-up finish in 1986.

"He was chosen from three candidates that we interviewed and I think we got the best candidate for the job," McPherson said. "He's got lots of experience."

In addition to rebuilding a 4A Abilene program from 1980-95, Stein coached high school basketball at a variety of school sizes for a total of 27 years including 2A LaCrosse High School from 1974-80, 3A Neodesha High School from 1995-98, 6A Wyandotte High School from 1998-2000 in Kansas City, Kan. and most recently as a girls assistant coach at Shawnee Mission East High School last season.

A native of Plainville, Stein graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1971. He spent the 1973-74 season as an assistant coach at St. Johns College in Winfield. Stein, whose wife Christine is the elementary school librarian in Eudora, will teach American History at EHS.

Stein said the Eudora program would build on the success that Eshbaugh started in recent years.

"We will have a fundamentally sound team, we will put a good product on the floor and have intensity," Stein said. "I know that we are in a tough league and we will need to compete every night we go out."

Former Abilene girls' basketball and football coach Greg Wade worked with Stein for many years with the Cowboys' basketball programs. He said Stein would fit well in a 4A program like Eudora. Wade's son Kevin, a former Cowboy assistant, will serve as Stein's assistant coach at Eudora.

"He is an extremely good coach and is great around kids," Wade said. "He coaches a disciplined style of basketball with a lot of fast break and press. He will have high expectations and I think he'll do well at Eudora."

Stein said he is looking forward to getting things started in Cardinal country.

"We want to get a camp going as soon as we can," Stein said. "I know what it takes to build and maintain a quality program. Obviously, Eudora is in good shape and hopefully we can maintain it and hopefully grow."

Stein has already seen some of the Cardinal hoopsters play at a basketball camp in Salina earlier in the summer.

"I am aware of some of the players because I saw them play this summer," Stein said. "They have excellent potential and are good fundamental players. I like what I see."

Former Eudora coach Chad Eshbaugh resigned from the program to accept the head coach position at 5A Topeka West last month.

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