Archive for Thursday, August 31, 1995

KU SEEKS BASEBALL COACH

August 31, 1995

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Kansas University's interim head baseball coach Wilson Kilmer and Iowa State coach Bobby Randall are among the three candidates for KU's head baseball coaching job who will be called in to interview for the position.

The Journal-World has learned the third candidate is North Carolina-Charlotte head coach Loren Hibbs, but Hibbs would neither confirm nor deny his status on Wednesday.

Both Kilmer, who has run KU's program since Dave Bingham resigned on Aug. 4, and Randall, ISU's coach the past 11 seasons, confirmed they made the short list of candidates.

Hibbs, who played at KU one season before transferring to Wichita State to end his playing career and start his coaching career, would not comment on his involvement with the KU search.

A rolling deadline for applications passed Monday, but Kansas associate athletic director Betsy Stephenson, the chair of the search committee to replace Bingham, said she would continue to accept applications.

The original pool of around 70 candidates was trimmed to three people who would be called in for the first round of official interviews, Stephenson said.

She said she hoped to schedule interviews this week and next. A coach could be selected as early as next week, she said.

The search committee is: Stephenson; KU athletic director Bob Frederick; assistant athletic director Richard Konzem; John Jefferson, director of administrative services; Del Shankel, former KU Chancellor; and Les Dreiling, former president of the Diamond Club.

Bingham, meanwhile, is still looking for work. When he abruptly resigned earlier this month, he cited fatigue and the need to spend more time with his family.

"This retirement thing keeps me busy," Bingham joked. "I'm such a bad guy, so inept around the home, I might get hurt. I have to be careful."

Bingham said he is exploring his options in baseball and out.

"I've looked at myself a lot," he said. "I'm not going to sit around long. I've spent a good amount of time seeing what's important to me and my family. I don't have any answers yet. I'm sorting through a lot of things, but I don't know what direction I'm going to head yet."

Bingham, the second-winningest coach in KU history with a 249-225 record over eight seasons, interviewed for the head baseball coaching vacancy at the University of Michigan. And he talked with a few professional teams about positions in scouting and player development.

"There's nothing definite at this point," he said. "I'm just checking out the situation. I've also pursued some things outside of baseball. I'm ready to go tomorrow. But it's been an enjoyable time. I've done some things I wanted to do. Now we're working on a decision that will be best for our family."

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