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Reports: Dwayne Stephens to be named coach at Western Mich.

Michigan State's associate head coach Dwayne Stephens talks with players during open practice on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.Syndication Lansing State Journal
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Western Michigan will hire Michigan State assistant Dwayne Stephens as its next head coach, multiple outlets reported Monday.

An official announcement was expected Monday afternoon.

He will replace Clayton Bates, who was let go on March 7 after two seasons and a 13-39 record.

The Broncos were 8-23 in the 2021-22 season, finishing 4-16 and in last place in the Mid-American Conference.

Stephens, 50, has been on the staff of Tim Izzo at Michigan State for 19 seasons, including 10 as associate head coach. He has been in charge of coaching Michigan’s big men, including three-time NBA champion Draymond Green.

The Spartans have played in the NCAA Tournament in every season of Stephens’ tenure and qualified for the Final Four five times.

–Field Level Media